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BBC National Short Story Award and BBC Young Writers’ Award 2018

TV’s Mel Giedroyc and Katie Thistleton chair 2018
panels of judges as the prestigious
BBC National Short Story Award and
BBC Young Writers’ Award call for submissions

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The BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) today calls for submissions for the 13th year with television presenter, author and actress Mel Giedroyc chairing the judging panel for the 2018 award. Mel, who has co-hosted a myriad of television shows including The Great British Bake-Off, has written two books From Here to Maternity (2005) and Going Ga-Ga (2007). Mel’s counterpart on the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University (YWA) is BBC Radio 1 and CBBC’s Book Club presenter Katie Thistleton, who will chair the judging panel for the teenage award as it opens for submissions for the fourth year.

Mel Giedroyc, Chair of the BBC National Short Story Award Judging Panel, says:

“It’s a great honour to be chairing the BBC National Short Story Award for 2018 and very exciting that it has a new association with the University of Cambridge. I love stories of all kinds and am an avid reader – by my bed at the moment I’ve got some weighty material – Victor Hugo, the London A-Z, Thomas Mannso to immerse myself in the very best stories from celebrated British writers will be a huge pleasure. We live in such a fast-paced world that the short story acts as a perfect meditation. Although I know that choosing a winner from the wonders that we will receive will not be easy, I’m ready for the challenge.”

Katie Thistleton, Chair of the BBC Young Writers’ Award Judging Panel says:

“I’m a complete book worm so to chair the BBC Young Writers’ Award and find the authors of tomorrow will not only be incredibly exciting, but a huge pleasure. I’ve interviewed many bestselling writers, but this feels even more of an honour as we will be discovering the next generation of original voices. Having read the winning stories from previous years I know I, and my fellow judges, will be inspired and enthralled in equal measure.”

Giedroyc and Thistleton will be joined by an esteemed group of award-winning writers and poets on their respective panels. For the BBC National Short Story Award: short story writer and 2016 BBC NSSA winner, K J Orr and Granta’s ‘20 under 40’ novelist, Benjamin Markovits, one of last year’s shortlisted writers, returning judge, Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Radio, and multi award winning poet and Cambridge alumni Sarah Howe. For the BBC Young Writers’ Award, Thistleton will lead Carnegie Medal-winning YA author and former teacher, Sarah Crossan, celebrated poet Dean Atta, adult and YA author William Sutcliffe and bestselling author, actress, singer and vlogger, Carrie Hope Fletcher.

The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The shortlisted writers for the BBC Young Writers’ Award will have their stories featured on the BBC Radio 1, Cambridge University and First Story websites, with the winner’s story broadcast on the radio station. In addition, a new initiative, the BBC Student Critics’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University (SCA), will give selected 16-18 year olds around the UK the opportunity to read, discuss and critique the five shortlisted NSSA stories from Easter 2018.

Last year’s winner of the BBC National Short Story Award was Cynan Jones for his ‘exhilarating, terrifying and life-affirming’ story ‘The Edge of the Shoal’ with previous alumni including Lionel Shriver, Zadie Smith, Hilary Mantel, Jon McGregor and William Trevor. The winner of the 2017 Young Writers’ Award was 17-year-old Elizabeth Ryder for her ‘sophisticated’ and ‘original’ story ‘The Roses’. Previous winners are Brennig Davies for ‘Skinning’ and Lizzie Freestone for ‘Ode to a Boy Musician’.

2018 will be the first year of a new and exciting collaboration between the BBC and partners First Story and the University of Cambridge. The charity First Story will support the YWA and BBC SCA with further activity that will engage young people with reading, writing and listening to short stories. The University of Cambridge will support all three awards, including hosting a short story symposium at the Institute of Continuing Education on 7th July 2018, and curating an exclusive online exhibition of artefacts drawn from the University Library’s archive, to inspire and intrigue potential entrants of the YWA.

Di Speirs, Editor of Books at BBC Radio and judge of the Award since its launch, says:

“It’s that wonderfully exciting time of the year when we begin our search for the outstanding, haunting, surprising short stories of 2018. Every year the BBC National Short Story Award opens my eyes to new writers and exceptional short stories and I can’t wait to read the submissions that will come our way. With a new partnership and lots of plans, especially for younger writers and readers, it’s going to be a big year – but at its heart will still be the very best short story writing in the UK.”

Mónica Parle, Executive Director at First Story says:

“At First Story, we know from experience the pleasure and power that writing gives young people, and we urge any young writers between the ages of 14 and 18 to consider submitting a story for the Young Writers’ Award. This award offers a unique opportunity to bring your work to the attention of our expert judges and, potentially, BBC Radio 1 and 4 listeners. If you are a parent, teacher or librarian, please encourage the young people you know to take this brilliant opportunity, and look out for further information in due course about the Student Critics’ Award. The BBC Young Writers’ Award and Student Critics Award together create an unparalleled avenue to nurture and celebrate young people’s creativity critical thinking skills. We look forward to your entries.”                   

Prof. Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge says:

“The University of Cambridge has a proud tradition of nurturing literary talent, educating many people who have gone on to become our most successful novelists and short story writers. From undergraduate students to the adults, of all backgrounds and ages, who discover the joy and importance of creative writing at our Institute of Continuing Education’s Centre for Creative Writing, Cambridge inspires and encourages new writers. We are delighted that through this partnership with the BBC and First Story we can reach out to a wider audience and inspire more people to unlock their creative potential.”

Full ‘Terms and Conditions’ for both awards are available with submissions accepted online at www.bbc.co.uk/nssa and www.bbc.co.uk/ywa from 9am today (11th December 2017). The deadline for receipt of entries for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University is 9am (GMT) Monday 12th March 2018. The deadline for receipt of entries for the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University is 9am (GMT) Monday 19th March 2018.

The shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University will be announced on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row at 7.15pm on Friday 14th September 2018. Readings of the shortlisted stories will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from Monday 17th to Friday 21st September and interviews with the shortlisted writers will air from Friday 14th September 2018 on Front Row. The shortlist for the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University will be announced on BBC Radio 1’s Life Hacks at 4pm on Sunday 23rd September 2018.

The announcement of the winners of the two awards will be broadcast live from the Award ceremony in Cambridge on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row from 7.15pm on Tuesday 2nd October 2018.

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Cynan Jones wins BBC National Short Story Award

WELSH WRITER, CYNAN JONES WINS THE BBC NATIONAL SHORT STORY AWARD WITH ‘EXHILARATING, TERRIFYING AND LIFE-AFFIRMING READ’

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Welsh novelist and TV scriptwriter, Cynan Jones, has beaten a host of writers including three of Granta’s recent ‘20 under 40’ to the coveted BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust 2017 for his story ‘The Edge of the Shoal’. Described by writer and judge, Jon McGregor as a ‘genuinely thrilling’ piece of writing with ‘a completeness of vision and execution that made it an inevitable winner’, it was praised by fellow writer and judge Eimear McBride for its ‘tenderly devastating exploration of the body as it hangs outside time’ and for being ‘as perfect a short story as I’ve ever read’.

Cynan Jones was presented with the prize of £15,000 this evening (Tuesday 3 October) by the 2017 Chair of Judges, Joanna Trollope, at a ceremony held in the BBC’s Radio Theatre in London. The news was announced live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, during a special programme celebrating the short story.

Jon McGregor, writer and judge commented: “The Edge of the Shoal’ does something genuinely thrilling with the confines of the short story: for 6000 words the reader exists only in the lived present moment, in a mental space where life is stripped to its bare essentials. There is no space here for recollection or speculation, no rueful observation or commentary. There are simply the raw bleeding details of survival. It’s an exhilarating, terrifying, and life-affirming read. A stunning achievement, and a deserved winner of the prize.’

Fellow writer and judge, Eimear McBride commented: ‘I’ve thought about The Edge of the Shoal’ most days since first reading it, months ago. Not the immaculate construction, or modernising take on the ‘man versus nature’ tale, but its tenderly devastating exploration of the body as it hangs outside time. It is as perfect a short story as I’ve ever read and works on the reader like an invasion, as all the best literature should.’

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BBC Young Writers’ Award

shortlist announced

MARGARET ATWOOD AND J.K. ROWLING INSPIRE ‘THE WRITERS OF TOMORROW’ AS BBC YOUNG WRITERS’ AWARD 2017 SHORTLIST IS ANNOUNCED

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‘Unique’, ‘distinctive’ and ‘assured’: just some of the words used to describe the highly original stories that make up the shortlist for the BBC Young Writers’ Award 2017 announced live on Alice Levine’s show on BBC Radio 1 today (Saturday 30th September).

The five stories, ranging from magical realism to the mundane everyday, and written by young writers from 14-18 years old, were each able to create whole worlds in just a few words. Whether it be the gritty subject of domestic and emotional abuse, a child forced to choose between divorcing parents, a struggle to survive in an unforgiving world or a story of retribution, the young finalists showed a sophistication in language and structure beyond their years with their influences ranging from Margaret Atwood to J.K. Rowling, Laurie Lee and Hemingway.

The stories, all under 1000 words, were praised by the judges for the raw beauty of the writing and the assuredness of the storytelling. Open to 14 to 18 year olds, the Award attracted more than 500 entries.

The shortlisted stories and writers are:

  • ‘Wolf’ by Matt Coleclough, 17, from Bristol. The most experimental in structure, Wolf was inspired by a school writing competition where the image of a wolf was set as the jumping-off point. This lyrical, beautifully realised story draws parallels between the wolf’s struggle for survival and the desperation of a local thief.
  • ‘Decisions’ by Miranda Crawford, 14, from Datchet. The tensions of a marriage breaking down and a child caught between two warring parents are captured through the metaphor of ‘tea’ and ‘coffee’ in this strong, visual story from the youngest of this year’s shortlist.
  • ‘Something Wicked, Something Wild’ by Victoria Knight, 18, from Solihull. Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s dedication to an ancestor persecuted for witchcraft in The Handmaid’s Tale, this evocative and haunting tale tells a story of revenge and retribution realised after centuries of torment.
  • ‘The Roses’ by Elizabeth Ryder, 17, from Oxfordshire. The story of a relationship in decline, this inventive and imaginative story of emotional abuse was inspired by the idea of sacrifice and new life in the midst of darkness.
  • ‘Sunflowers’ by Abiah Wyatt, 17, from Cornwall. A poignant and dream-like story of domestic abuse told with raw and brutal beauty, the sunflower field setting was inspired by a family holiday in France.

Alice Levine, BBC Radio 1 DJ and Chair of Judges, BBC YWA 2017 says:This is my third time having the honour of being a judge and the chair for the YWAs. Every year, when we get to the point of discussing the shortlist, it seems to get harder and harder as the quality is just so high. This year we have five wonderful stories that truly reflect the breadth of talent and imagination in young writers in the country today. It’s a very exciting time.”

Holly Bourne, novelist and BBC YWA 2017 judge says: Every entry was so unique and it was tough whittling them down to just five. This shortlist showcases the huge scope of imagination and just the sheer writing talent in this upcoming generation. I always say that you should never underestimate young people, and this shortlist is proof of that. We’ve really found some writers of tomorrow, if not today.”

Nikesh Shukla, writer, editor and BBC YWA 2017 judge says: It’s been a great year for this award. The shortlist is an impressive collection of future stars, each one with a distinctive voice and a bright future ahead of them.” (more…)

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Quick Reads 2018 titles announced

Six enticing Quick Reads titles from well-loved authors have been announced by The Reading Agency for publication on 1 February 2018. The selection of titles written by bestselling writers Fern Britton, Dorothy Koomson, Mark Billingham, Kit de Waal, Tammy Cohen and Vaseem Khan span the globe from Mumbai to Ghana, from Cornwall to inner cities and explore a wide range of themes including friendship, secrets and lies, marriage and the horror that losing your phone can bring.

Quick Reads was founded by Baroness Gail Rebuck DBE in 2006 to provide shorter, easier to read, accessible fiction for less confident adult readers. Now in its 12th year, the programme has distributed over 4.8 million books since it was launched and introduced hundreds of thousands of new readers each year to the joys and benefits of reading.

One in six adults in the UK struggles with reading,[1] whilst one in three does not read for pleasure;[2] Quick Reads are designed to break down the barriers that prevent people from picking up a book. 95% of literacy practitioners report that using Quick Reads has been effective at raising learners’ confidence in reading, whilst 91% say that the books have been effective at improving readers’ literacy skills.[3]

The Quick Reads titles for 2018 are:

  • Cut Off by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown): A punchy, taut urban thriller about that moment we all fear: losing our phone! For Louise, losing hers in a local café takes a sinister turn. Billingham has sold five million copies of his novels and has twice won the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Award for Crime Novel of the Year.
  • The Great Cornish Getaway by Fern Britton (HarperCollins): As the sun sits high in the sky over Cornwall, and the sea breeze brings a welcome relief to the residents of the seaside village of Trevay, a stranger arrives in need of a safe haven. The former presenter of This Morning, Britton is now a Sunday Times bestselling author and this story is full of her usual warmth and wit.
  • Clean Break by Tammy Cohen (Transworld): A dark and twisty portrait of a marriage coming to its bitter end, from the mistress of domestic noir. Can Kate rid herself of her jealous husband before it’s too late? Cohen’s acclaimed novels include The Mistress’s Revenge, The War of the Wives and Someone Else’s Wedding.
  • Inspector Chopra and the Million-Dollar Motor Car by Vaseem Khan (Hodder & Stoughton): An enchanting Baby Ganesh Agency novella from the bestselling Khan set in the bustling back-streets of Mumbai. Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick have two days to solve the mystery of a missing – and very costly – car for its gangster owner, or there’ll be a heavy price to pay.
  • The Beach Wedding by Dorothy Koomson (Arrow): A gripping short read featuring a wedding, family drama, and old secrets. Tessa is thrilled when her daughter arrives in Ghana to get married but memories of the last time she was there haunt her; can she lay the ghosts of the past to rest or will they come back to haunt her daughter’s future? Koomson is the bestselling author of 12 novels including The Ice-Cream Girls, My Best Friends’ Girl and most recently The Friend.
  • Six Foot Six by Kit de Waal (Viking): A charming novella from Costa First Novel Award shortlisted author de Waal about finding friendship in the most unlikely of places. Everything changes for Timothy, a 21 year old with learning difficulties, when local builder Charlie calls on him for help. De Waal worked in criminal and family law and was a magistrate for many years before her international bestseller, My Name is Leon was published.

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BBC National Short Story Award Shortlist Announced

 ‘BEST YOUNG BRITISH NOVELISTS’ JENNI FAGAN, BENJAMIN MARKOVITS AND HELEN OYEYEMI SHORTLISTED FOR THE TWELFTH BBC NATIONAL SHORT STORY AWARD

Will Eaves and Cynan Jones complete a strong shortlist of writers celebrating the bold, experimental and transformative power of the short story

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Jenni Fagan, Benjamin Markovits and Helen Oyeyemi, three of Granta’s recent ‘20 under 40’, have made the shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust 2017. ‘The Waken’ by Jenni Fagan, ‘The Collector’ by Benjamin Markovits and ‘If a book is locked there’s probably a good reason for that, don’t you think?’ by Helen Oyeyemi are joined by critic and novelist, Will Eaves’ Murmur’ and ‘The Edge of the Shoal’ by Wales Book of the Year Fiction Prize winner, Cynan Jones. The shortlist of five stories was announced this evening, Friday 15 September 2017, during BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.

Now celebrating its twelfth year, the Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each.

Selected from over 600 entries, this year’s shortlist is:

  • ‘Murmur’ by Will Eaves
  • ‘The Waken’ by Jenni Fagan
  • ‘The Edge of the Shoal’ by Cynan Jones
  • ‘The Collector’ by Benjamin Markovits
  • ‘If a book is locked there’s probably a good reason for that, don’t you think?’ by Helen Oyeyemi

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Lesley Pearse’s 25 in 25 Blog Tour

To celebrate the publication of The Woman in the Wood, the unforgettable 25th novel for master storyteller Lesley Pearse, we’re embarking on a blog tour with a difference. Each blogger will be hosting a fact about each one of Lesley’s books – from Georgia right up to her latest, The Woman in The Wood, which is out the 29th June.

You can follow the tour on social media by checking the hashtag #LoveLesley.

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Team ed to work on the new novel from The Martian author, Andy Weir

We’re very excited at team ed to be teaming up with publishers Ebury to work on Artemis, the new novel from science fiction author Andy Weir.

Andy’s debut novel The Martian was a runaway bestselling that was eventually made into a hit film starring Matt Damon in 2015. In Artemis, Weir returns with his superb mix of science fiction thrills, wry humour, and incredibly relatable characters, as he creates an intense and adrenaline charged crime caper set on the first and only city on the moon – Artemis.

Artemis will be published this November, priced £12.99 in hardback.

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The Hate U Give hits the Amazon No.1 Spot!

Absolutely unstoppable, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas has hit the No. 1 spot on Amazon.co.uk, out of all books on the site. An absolutely outstanding accomplishment for a debut novel, it goes to highlight how powerful and important The Hate U Give truly is. We’re so proud to have been involved in its journey to the UK.

Massive congratulations to you, Angie, from all at edpr! So well deserved.

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The Hate U Give takes the world by storm

American author Angie Thomas’ debut novel, The Hate U Give, has launched to overwhelming critical and commercial in the US, going straight to number one on the New York Times bestseller lists and staying there for four weeks. Launching in the UK on the 6th of April, it’s looking set to repeat things on this side of the Atlantic too, with pre-release reviews already hailing it as a future classic.

Praise for The Hate U Give
“It’s hard to see how this won’t be the young adult novel of the year, if not the decade.” – The Times

“A powerful, affecting book by a brilliant new voice in YA fiction.” – The Metro

“Gripping and hard hitting” – Red Online

“Completely gripping, hugely affecting and beautifully written, THUG encompasses race, violence, family and growing up and will surely be remembered as a defining YA book of our time. A must-read.” – The Pool

“This blistering debut is unmissable. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s an incredibly powerful and important exploration of how racism and prejudice look today. The storytelling is completely absorbing, packed with drama and heartbreak, but funny and full of heart with a vulnerable, inspirational and very real heroine in Starr” – The Bookseller

“Thomas’ greatly anticipated debut addresses the stark realities of race and police brutality through a teenager’s eyes. But it’s no grim soapbox: her voice is witty, generous, and real.” -Entertainment Weekly

“I marvelled at the balancing act between dead-serious politics and concerns familiar to kids and former kids of all backgrounds.” – New York Times

 

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Team edpr to work on Matt Lucas autobiography ‘Little Me’

We’re very excited to be working with publisher Canongate on the memoir from comedian, screenwriter and actor Matt Lucas entitled Little Me: The A-Z of Matt Lucas, in autumn 2017.

Publisher Jenny Todd and chief executive Jamie Byng acquired world rights (including audio) to the title aat auction from Melanie Rockcliffe at Troika.

Lucas is perhaps best known for his work with David Walliams in the television show “Little Britain”, as well as for his portrayals of the scorekeeping baby George Dawes in the comedy panel game “Shooting Stars” and both Tweedledum and Tweedledee in “Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland”. He is also starring alongside Peter Capaldi in the next series of “Doctor Who” which will be broadcast in 2017.

Todd said: “Matt Lucas has an authentic and moving story to tell and is a gifted, funny, serious and truly original writer.  We are enormously proud to be working with Matt and are confident that this is going to be one of the biggest books to be published in 2017.”

Lucas added: “From my youth to ‘Shooting Stars’, ‘Little Britain’, ‘Doctor Who’ and beyond, I’ve decided its time to tell my story. ”

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BBC Young Writers’ Award

Bestselling author, HOLLY BOURNE and ‘Good Immigrant’ editor

NIKESH SHUKLA call for ‘authors of tomorrow’ as they join

BBC Radio 1’s ALICE LEVINE on judging panel of

BBC YOUNG WRITERS’ AWARD 2017

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Holly Bourne, the bestselling author of Am I Normal Yet? and Nikesh Shukla, editor of youth magazine Rife and celebrated anthology The Good Immigrant have been announced as the judges for the 2017 BBC Young Writers’ Award. They will join BBC Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine who returns as chair of the judges for a third year in a quest for ‘extraordinary’ stories that reveal how teenagers are inspired by the world around them.

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BBC National Short Story Award

Bestselling author JOANNA TROLLOPE; Baileys winner EIMEAR MCBRIDE; short story writer and IMPAC Award winner JON MCGREGOR and Man Booker Prize shortlistee SUNJEEV SAHOTA join DI SPEIRS, Books Editor at the BBC

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The BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust calls for submissions for the 12th year today with No.1 bestselling author, Joanna Trollope chairing the judging panel for the 2017 award. Trollope, known as one of the most insightful chroniclers and social commentators writing today is also a long-time short story writer. Her eagerly anticipated 20th novel, City of Friends, will be published in February 2017.

Trollope is joined by an esteemed panel of award-winning writers and literary specialists: Baileys Prize winner, Eimear McBride; IMPAC Award winner, short story writer and academic, Jon McGregor; Encore Award winner Sunjeev Sahota; and returning judge Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Radio. All the judges are eager to read the best, and most innovative, works of short fiction from new and established writers. Last year’s winner was K J Orr for her story ‘Disappearances’ with previous alumni including Lionel Shriver, Zadie Smith, Hilary Mantel and William Trevor.

The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The 2017 Award is open to UK residents or nationals, aged 18 or over, who have a history of publication in creative writing. The full Terms and Conditions will be available and submissions accepted online at www.bbc.co.uk/nssa from 9am Thursday 26th January 2017. The deadline for receipt of entries is 9am Monday 6th March 2017.

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Critically acclaimed author Michel Deon dies aged 97.

The critically acclaimed, multi-award winning French author Michel Déon died in Galway, Ireland, on the 28th December. He was 97 years old.

A member of the prestigious Académie Française, Déon was the author of over 50 novels, plays, and essays, including The Foundling Boy and The Foundling’s War. He was praised for his witty, panoramic view of French society and history, and worked on biographies with the likes of Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel. His 1996 novel, The Great & The Good, will be published in English by Gallic Books on the 10th January.

“Our lives would be all the richer if we read a Michel Déon novel” – William Boyd

“A Novelist Who Tapped the French Experience” – The New York Times

“Deon is an outrageous storyteller” – TLS

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Team ed to work on debut novel by Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain

Here at team ed we’re very excited to announce that we’ll be working on The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters, the debut novel from Great British Bake Off 2015 winner Nadiya Hussain.

Published by HQ on the 12th of January 2017, the novel tells the story of Fatima (Fatti), Farah, Bubblee and Mae, the four sisters of the Amir family – the only Muslim family in the small village of Wyvernage. Though they appear happy, each sister is secretly struggling…

Since her success as the universally adored Bake-Off winner, Nadiya has gone from strength to strength – she’s baked the cake for the Queen’s birthday, published a cookery book and a children’s book, and fronted her own BBC One documentary, The Chronicles of Nadiya. In her debut novel, she explores life, faith and identity as a second-generation Bangladeshi in the UK through the utterly dysfunctional but totally loveable Amir family.

Roll on January!

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Unbecoming nominated for the 2017 Carnegie Medal

We’re overjoyed to hear that Jenny Downham’s outstanding novel, Unbecoming has been nominated for the highly prestigious Carnegie Medal for next year.

Published in September by the inimitable David Fickling Books, here’s what the media said about Jenny’s gorgeous book….

Alex O’Connell for The Times said it was a ‘life-affirming story…stunningly told…This is one of the best novels I have read about the impact of dementia on a family already under strain.’

Whilst the children’s reviewer at The Guardian wrote that ‘Jenny Downham provides a fresh voice in YA fiction, written flawlessly with a pinch of sparkle… I couldn’t have asked for a better book this summer’

In The Mail, Sally Morris called it ‘a beautifully drawn portrait of three generations of women, hugely ambitious in its interwoven examination of sexual identity, family secrets, torn loyalties and the life-affirming power of breaking away from suffocating conventions.’

The Carnegie is the country’s leading Children’s Literary Award, and Jenny is nominated alongside some of the best and brightest children’s books of the past year. We’ve all got our fingers crossed for her!

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BBC National Short Story Award 2016 – Winner Revealed!

Congratulations this year’s winner K.J. Orr!

 

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DEBUT WRITER, K J ORR WINS THE

BBC NATIONAL SHORT STORY AWARD

Claire-Louise Bennett, fellow debut writer, is runner up.

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Debut author, K J Orr, a short story writer whose first collection was only published this year, has beaten a host of writers including two-time Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel to win the coveted BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust for 2016 with her story ‘Disappearances’. Described by author and judge, Kei Miller, as ‘a near perfect example of how the short story works – a small world that’s perfectly observed’, ‘Disappearances’ is a richly layered story of guilt and identity set in Buenos Aires.K J Orr was presented with the prize of £15,000 this evening (Tuesday 4 October) by the 2016 Chair of Judges Dame Jenni Murray at a ceremony held in the BBC’s Radio Theatre in London. The news was announced live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, during a special programme celebrating the short story.

Claire-Louise Bennett, also a debut writer with her first collection recently published, was selected as the runner-up and received £3,000 for her story ‘Morning, Noon & Night. The three other shortlisted authors, Lavinia Greenlaw, Hilary Mantel and Tahmima Anam, received £500.

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BBC Young Writers’ Award 2016 – Winner Revealed!

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14 year old Lizzie Freestone wins

BBC Young Writers’ Award with a ‘deeply poetic’ and ‘haunting’ story.

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Lizzie Freestone from Cambridgeshire, the youngest writer shortlisted for the second BBC Young Writers’ Award with BookTrust (YWA), has won for her short story ‘Ode to a Boy Musician’. Inspired by her household piano, the story was described by author and judge Juno Dawson as a ‘haunting, intriguing and lyrical story’ and by poet and judge Anthony Anaxagorou as a ‘brilliant piece of storytelling’.

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That Girl From Nowhere reaches No.2 in paperback

5th April 2016

We’re thrilled to announce that Dorothy Koomson’s paperback of That Girl From Nowhere has gone to No.2 in the paperback charts this week. Congratulations Dorothy, well-deserved and incredible news!

 


 

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Unbecoming shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016

10th March 2016

We’re thrilled to announce that Jenny Downham’s  incredible novel, Unbecoming has been shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016.

Published in September by the inimitable David Fickling Books, here’s what the media said about Jenny’s gorgeous book….

Alex O’Connell for The Times said it was a ‘life-affirming story…stunningly told…This is one of the best novels I have read about the impact of dementia on a family already under strain.’

Whilst the children’s reviewer at The Guardian wrote that ‘Jenny Downham provides a fresh voice in YA fiction, written flawlessly with a pinch of sparkle… I couldn’t have asked for a better book this summer’

In The Mail, Sally Morris called it ‘a beautifully drawn portrait of three generations of women, hugely ambitious in its interwoven examination of sexual identity, family secrets, torn loyalties and the life-affirming power of breaking away from suffocating conventions.’

It’s up against some truly fantastic books this year but fingers crossed!