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 Anita Sethi.

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

30th July 2014

Summer Reads by Anita Sethi

July might be both the cruelest or kindest month of all for authors and publishers, depending on whether they’ve made the cut for the Man Booker longlist, one of the most tense times in the literary calendar with the announcement of that “Man Booker Dozen” as it is known, and the subsequent delight, disappointment and debate.

23rd July 2014

Winning books on offer at WHSmith Travel

Now it’s even easier to read all of this year’s prize winners. Until 17 September, all eight Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize winning books are buy one, get one half price in WHSmith Travel. Find the winning books in the Recommends section of WHSmith Travel stores, including airports and major rail stations.

23rd July 2014

Catch up on the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize at Resonance FM

On Sunday 13 July the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize took over the Resonance FM airwaves. If you missed this special event, you can now listen again on Soundcloud.

17th July 2014

Anita Sethi on fiction and music

Pianos, violins, lutes, mandolins, string quartets, tin drums. Jazz, blues, reggae, rave, symphonies. Waltzes, ballet. Open the pages of fiction, and all manner of music might flood out – both as a theme as well as in lyrical and rhythmic cadences of the prose itself.

15th July 2014

Wyld, Jones & Wood to speak at Word Factory salon

Jerwood Fiction Uncovered winners Evie Wyld (All the Birds, Singing), Cynan Jones (The Dig) and Naomi Wood (Mrs. Hemingway) will be speaking at the forthcoming summer salon hosted by the Word Factory team at Waterstone’s, Piccadilly on Saturday 26th July 2014. The three winners will be joined by the Word Factory’s Paul McVeigh. The evening…

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All the Birds, Singing

Evie Wyld

We really enjoyed this book.  Members described it as ‘gripping’, ‘a crackling page-turner’, and ‘a gritty, pacey read’. All the Birds, Singing tells the story of Jake, a stoic, tough and mistrustful woman, as she flees her family and the Australian outback and works her island sheep farm in England.  From the beginning her androgynous…

Little Egypt

Lesley Glaister

Little Egypt was greatly enjoyed by our reading group.  It is an atmospheric and intriguing tale, beautifully written. Narrated in the present day by nonagenarian Isis we are taken back to her youth in the house ‘Little Egypt’ with her twin brother, Osiris, and her mostly absent amateur Egyptologist parents.  However, the house (and their…

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,…


Ben Brooks

As the title readily suggests, Ben Brooks’ latest novel, Lolito, is a modern reworking (of sorts) of Vladimir Nabakov’s Lolita, although in Brooks’ version the situation has been reversed: while Lolita is the story of an older man who has – or at least tries to have – a relationship with a young girl, Brooks’…

Whatever Happened To Billy Parks?

Gareth R Roberts

Whatever happened to Billy Parks? Nottingham Readers discussion We were nervous about this one as very few of us are football fans. However, this is a good lesson on judging a book by its cover and cover blurb, as many of us found it to be a moving and touching read that was about so much more…