New Angle Prize 2017 Shortlist

In March 2017 I was delighted to learn that my short story collection, ‘Sandlands’, had been placed on the final shortlist of six books for the 2017 New Angle Prize
for Literature
. The prize is a biennial award for a book of literary merit (fiction, non-fiction or poetry) set in or influenced by the region of East Anglia.

I was especially pleased – and amazed! – to be placed in such auspicious company, among books I have read and hugely admired (Julia Blackburn’s wonderful ‘Threads’, Fiona Melrose’s spellbinding ‘Midwinter’ and Sarah Perry’s brilliant ‘The Essex Serpent’) and writers I love and of whom I am in awe (Jill Dawson and Julia Myerson). I could hardly believe my story collection being on the same list as two books on the Baileys Prize longlist, not to mention the Waterstones Book of the Year!

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