Ingrid Persaud Wins Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2021
Ingrid Persaud has picked up the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2021 with Love After Love (Faber & Faber). This year's guest adjudicator, the novelist Michèle Roberts, presented the £2,500 award at a reception at the National Liberal Club in London on 30 June. She said: 'This bittersweet story of domestic abuse, loss, separation, heartbreak and redemption is leavened with deadpan humour.'
The Chair of Judges, Lucy Popescu, said: 'This is a vivid and atmospheric exploration of prejudice in Trinidad. Lyrical and beautifully crafted – a poignant debut about love and friendship and a worthy winner.' Ingrid Persaud and the other shortlisted writers can be viewed reading from their works here.