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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!

2nd March 2016

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!

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The Queen’s Choice reaches No.8 in hardback

27th January 2016

We’re overjoyed to announce that The Queen’s Choice is historical novelist Anne O’Brien’s first Sunday Times bestseller – straight in at No.8!

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Unbecoming campaign shortlisted for PPC Annual Award

19th January 2016

Happy days!.We’re delighted to announce that our campaign for Jenny Downham’s  beautiful novel, Unbecoming has been shortlisted for The Children’s Book Award sponsored by the Daily Mail as part of the PPC Annual Awards Shortlist 2015.

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.’

Fingers crossed!

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Change of address

1st April 2015

At last, we’ve settled into our new office in Brockley. Our new number is 020 7732 4796 and our address is:

Unit C
Willow House
Dragonfly Place
London SE4 2FJ