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In true eagle-eyed Scribbler enthusiasm, we have sought out – with the help of Waterstones – the writers we all need to look out for and read this year.
The high street booksellers, Waterstone’s this week announced its New Voices for 2009, the books from emerging writers that the chain believes will go on to feature in and possibly win the literary awards of the year.
Incredibly half the choices came from independent publishers, including A Kind of Intimacy, a debut by prison librarian Jenn Ashworth which is being compared to Notes on a Scandal, and Ablutions by Patrick DeWitt.
Waterstone’s fiction category manager, Toby Bourne said: “There are a huge number of novels published every year and it is very difficult to say which will strike awards gold and which will not, but we had a fantastic hit rate last year.”
Included in 2008’s selection were Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger which went on to win the Man Booker, Sadie Jones’ The Outcast, which was awarded the Costa First Novel Award, and other novels that made Richard & Judy’s Book Club (bleurgh!) and other awards shortlists.
“Even more so than last year, debut fiction dominates our list, with only the precociously talented Richard Milward two novels into his career,” said Waterstone’s fiction buyer, Janine Cook, who helped choose the list.”
Ten Torey Love Song by Richard Milward, only his second book, is a novel written in a single, 286-page paragraph by the 24-year-old.
Cook went onto to say: “The writers may be new, but they have huge talent and these books deserve to compete with those from more established writers for both the attention of readers and for the big prizes.
“This is an invaluable opportunity for these authors to reach the widest possible audience. The Outcast and The White Tiger have gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies between them since inclusion in New Voices 2008, so the rewards can be very high.”
Waterstones’ New Voices will be featured in Waterstones’ stores and online at Waterstones.com from 5 March.
The titles are:
- A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth
- Ablutions by Patrick DeWitt
- An Equal Stillness by Francesca Kay
- Black Rock by Amanda Smyth
- Days of Grace by Catherine Hall
- Guernica by Dave Boling
- The Street Philosopher by Matthew Plampin
- Ten Storey Love Song by Richard Milward
- The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan
- The Piano Teacher by Janice Y K Lee
- The Rescue Man by Anthony Quinn
- The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
Watch a Richard Millward talk about his New Voices of 2009 highlighted novel Ten Storey Love Song below:
So then, has anyone read any of these new offerings? Will anyone be looking into any of these books now they have received the titles of New Voices of 2009? It’s gotta be a good thing right?
Words: Dean Samways
Keep coming back to The Scribbler for interviews with the New Voices of 2009 in the coming weeks
Sebastian Barry has won the Costa Book of the Year Award after narrowly losing out in October’s Man Booker prize. The Irish novelist was announced as the winner at a ceremony in London on Thursday 27 January.
The winning book, The Secret Scripture, has been described as a moving account of a woman’s stolen life and her efforts to reclaim the past.
The judges heralded the book as an “exquisitely written love story that takes you on an unforgettable journey – you won’t read a better book this year.”
Barry was the bookmaker’s favourite to take the £25,000 prize beating what many considered to be the most acclaimed shortlist in the prize’s history. Sebastian wasn’t the only winner first time bestselling novelist Sadie Jones and her book The Outcast won the first book award whilst 91 years old Diana Athill became the oldest short listed winner for her historical memoires Somewhere Before The End.
Following the judging, Matthew Parris, chair of the final judges, said: “Sebastian Barry has created one of the great narrative voices in contemporary fiction in The Secret Scripture. It is a book of great brilliance, powerfully and beautifully written.”
The winners in each category are as followed:
- Novel of the Year Award: Sebastian Barry – The Secret Scripture
- First Time Novel of the Year: Sadie Jones – The Outcast
- Historical Book of the Year: Diana Athill – Somewhere Before the End
- Poetry Book of the Year: Adam Foulds – The Broken Word
- Children’s Book of the Year: Michelle Magorian – Just Henry
Each shortlisted winner will take home £5,000 whilst the Sebastian Barry took home £25,000.
Watch Sebastian Barry talk about contemporary Irish voices below:
Has anyone read The Secret Scripture? What is it about Irish writers that makes them stand apart from some of their English counterparts?
Words: Seamus Swords
The shortlist for the 2008 Costa Book Awards has been announced. The prestigious award attracted 616 entries this year, which have been narrowed down to four books in five categories.
Judges on this year’s panels (three judges per category) include author Lisa Jewell, actress and writer Pauline McLynn, journalist, writer and broadcaster Michael Burke, poet and broadcaster Roger McGough CBE; and writer Victoria Hislop. The final judging panel will be announced in mid-December.
The winner of each category will be announced on the 6 January 2009 with the overall winner of the 2008 Costa Book Award announced on 27 January at a lavish awards ceremony in London.
The shortlisted books are:
Costa First Novel Award:
- The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams
- The Outcast by Sadie Jones
- Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
- Inside the Whale by Jennie Rooney
Costa Children’s Book Award:
- Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray
- The Carbon Diaries by Saci Lloyd
- Just Henry by Michelle Magorian
- Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine
Costa Biography Award:
- Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill
- Bloomsbury Ballerina by Judith Mackrell
- If You Don’t Know Me By Now: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton by Sathnam Sanghera
- Chagall by Jackie Wullschlager
Costa Novel Award:
- The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
- The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
- A Partisan’s Daughter by Louis de Bernieres
- Trauma by Patrick McGrath
Costa Poetry Award:
- For All We Know by Ciaran Carson
- The Broken Word by Adam Foulds
- Sunday at the Skin Launderette by Kathryn Simmonds
- Salvation Jane by Greta Stoddart
Have a look at the award video for the winner of last year’s accolade, A.L. Kennedy, by clicking below:
So what do you think of the shortlists? Are there any omissions you’re particularly surprised about? Has anyone read any of the listed books? What did you think?
Words: Seamus Swords