So the time has come to reveal which four talented authors have made the shortlist of The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer Of The Year Award in association with The University Of Warwick, with their books.
Without any further mystery and ado (and because you have eyes and they are there in the image below) I give you the shortlisted authors:
What an illustrious list!
So we have:
Kings Of The Yukon (An Alaskan River Journey) by Adam Weymouth – Particular
Elmet by Fiona Mozley – John Murray
The Mermaid And Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar – Harvill Secker
The Reading Cure-How Books Restored My Appetite by Laura Freeman – Wiedenfeld
I’m not going to go all blurby on you (yes that’s a word) because I think it’s important that we discover these books together, so I’ll give you as much as I know at this time having only read The Mermaid And Mrs Hancock in full.
The Mermaid And Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (published by Harvill Secker) was one of my favourite books of 2017 so I was super chuffed to see Imogen’s name on there. Ever since reading The Mermaid I’ve been wishing and hoping that she will be producing more amazing work like this….and soon please *crosses fingers, toes and eyes*. This book is a gloriously vivid Georgian romp, chock full of period detail with an amazing magical feel to it. I’ll be sharing my review of this book first I think. I will be planning on dipping back into it, even though it’s still very much emblazoned on my brain.
Elmet by Fiona Mozley, (published by John Murray) was of course shortlisted for The Manbooker in 2017 and had lots of buzz and interest around it. I have been meaning to pick it up and now I have the perfect reason to. This is a dark tale of a family living life on the periphery of society both figuratively and literally. Forging their own way in the world under a strange set of rules and governed by a brutal violent criminal underworld. I am very much looking forward to sharing my thoughts with you, as I’ve seen various view points and ideas and want to add my own to the mix!
Now the final two books are both non-fiction. I don’t naturally gravitate towards non-fiction but just recently I have ventured into the non-fiction world a little more I have to admit that these two have piqued my interest.
First up we have The Reading Cure by Laura Freeman (published by Wiedenfeld). This is the story of Laura’s battle against the eating disorder, anorexia and her subsequent journey to health and recovery sparked off through her love of reading and the way food is portrayed in literature. I think this one is going to be a very thought provoking, possibly very emotive but ultimately uplifting story. I’m very much looking forward to reading it.
And last but by no means least we have The Kings Of The Yukon by Adam Weymouth published by Particular. This is Adam’s story of when he single handedly sailed a canoe down the Yukon River in Alaska, encountering the people who have lived there for generations. This is his story of how the people of Yukon’s lives have changed dramatically due to the reduction in King Salmon and the encroachment of the modern world. I have read some reviews of this book and I must admit I am quite excited to get started!
So there we have it! What a cracking list, I’m sure you’ll agree. I am super excited to get started on them and share my thoughts with you. Please do look out for my reviews over the coming weeks and be sure to visit the blogs of the other shadow panel judges and see if we have the same thoughts! It’s going to be very interesting!
Remember you can follow the progress of the award at @youngwriteryear on Twitter.
See you very soon with my first review!
Bookish Chat xxx