Posted on 1st June 2016

Posted by joanna

2016 Betty Trask Prize shortlist announced

The Society of Authors have announced the 2016 Betty Trask Prize shortlist.

This year’s shortlist is an impressive collection of first novels by writers under 35. Subjects and settings are excitingly diverse, ranging from a window-cleaner to a watchmaker, a rain-soaked valley to the ancient kingdom of Benin.

The shortlisted authors are:

GlassGLASS by ALEX CHRISTOFI (Serpent’s Tail)

A passionate, rollicking and witty London novel – Michèle Roberts

 

 

Butterfly Fish

BUTTERFLY FISH by IRENOSEN OKOJIE (Jacaranda Books Art Music)

A stunningly well-written book, which juggles different timescales with great skill– Simon Brett

 

WatchmakerTHE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by NATASHA PULLEY (Bloomsbury Circus)

Impressively competent:  steam-punk meets Zuleika Dobson – Michèle Roberts

 

weatheringWEATHERING by LUCY WOOD (Bloomsbury)

Deeply poetic; dreamy and thought-provoking – Joanne Harris

 

 

The Betty Trask Prize is given annually to a debut novel of literary merit by an author under the age of 35. Betty Trask left a bequest to the Society of Authors in 1983 to celebrate young authors writing in a traditional or romantic style. This year a total of £25,000 in prize money will be distributed.

The winner will receive £10,000 and will be announced at the Authors’ Awards ceremony on 21 June. The three runners-up will each receive a Betty Trask Award worth £5,000.

The judges this year were, Simon Brett, Joanne Harris and Michèle Roberts. The Prize and the Awards will be presented by John Agard.

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