2014-JFUP-homepageThe Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014

We’re delighted to announced the eight winners of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014. This year’s winners have been selected by a judging panel chaired by Matt Haig. Find out more about this year’s winners. Our current Guest Editor of the month is David Hebblethwaite.

This year we are working with eight reading groups from across the UK, who will be reading and reviewing each of the winning titles this June, read more about our Reading Groups here.

From the Blog

12th September 2014

The Language of Fiction

My first Fiction Uncovered column was about how I have found myself changing as a reader; this last one focuses more specifically on one of the ways of reading that I’ve become drawn to. For a while now, I’ve been taking more notice of the ways in which the tone and style of a piece of fiction can interact with, and add nuance to, its other aspects. To an extent, this is an artificial divide: books are, after all, made of words; you can’t really separate fiction from the way it’s written. In practice, however, it can be easy to take the language of fiction for granted – and to risk overlooking whole layers in the process.

27th August 2014

David Hebblethwaite on three Welsh novels in translation

I’ve been aiming to incorporate my main reading interests in these columns for Fiction Uncovered. Today, it’s the turn of fiction in translation: I’ve chosen to look at three Welsh-language novels which won the Wales Book of the Year award and have since been translated into English. There was no great design in choosing these three particular titles, but I’ve found that they share a concern with the interaction of place and character, in their own individual ways.

12th August 2014

Ten Contemporary British Short Story Writers

I love short stories; I think they’re a sorely underappreciated genre of fiction. So I’m going to recommend ten of my favourite current British short story writers. (This isn’t a ‘top ten’, by the way; I couldn’t – and wouldn’t want to – be that definitive. But I do heartily recommend the work of each of these writers.)

7th August 2014

Uncovering The Reader

In his first post as Guest Editor on the site David Hebblethwaite discusses his development as a reader and how it is not always writers and books that need uncovering – sometimes it’s us, the readers

6th August 2014

David Hebblethwaite announced as Guest Editor

We are thrilled to announce that David Hebblethwaite will be joining us as Guest Editor on FictionUncovered.co.uk over the next month. Check the website, Twitter and Facebook feeds for his articles the first of which will be posted later this week.

Latest in Review

All the Days and Nights

Niven Govinden

Niven Govinden’s intensive examination of relationships, art and death in All the Days and Nights will leave readers emotionally moved and unsettled by the characters it lays bare. The novel holds a magnifying glass over the lives of Anna Brown, a somewhat successful artist of the twentieth century, and her husband and muse, John Brown….

Mr Loverman

Bernadine Everisto

In 2014, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize worked with the Regional Literature Development Agencies to find reading groups across the UK to read the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning titles. Mr Loverman by Bernadine Everisto was read by the Lye Down With a Good Book Reading Group from Lye and below are reviews from its reading…

All the Birds, Singing

Evie Wyld

In 2014, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize worked with the Regional Literature Development Agencies to find reading groups across the UK to read the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning titles.  All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld was read by the Peninsula Arts Reading Group from Plymouth and below are reviews from its reading group members. 

Little Egypt

Lesley Glaister

In 2014, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize worked with the Regional Literature Development Agencies to find reading groups across the UK to read the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning titles.  Little Egypt by Lesley Glaister was read by the Page Turner Reading Group from Norwich and below are reviews from its reading group members.  Little Egypt

Marry Me

Dan Rhodes

If there’s a lesson to be gleaned from Dan Rhodes’ Marry Me, it’s a Wildean one: mutual misunderstanding is the key to a lasting marriage. This tongue-in-cheek book, a droll collection of 80-odd comic vignettes, skewers dewy-eyed perceptions of marital bliss, offering dysfunctional tale after dysfunctional tale in which hearts are broken, egos are shattered,…