Adam Weymouth Wins Young Writer of the Year Award

By December 8, 2018 Literary Awards, News

The Young Writer of the Year Award is hosted (almost) annually in the UK and sees a writer under the age of 35 receive a cash prize of £5,000, as well as the distinction of winning this honour for a work of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.

This year’s entries were shortlisted to the following:

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock – Imogen Hermes Gowar
The Reading Cure – Laura Freeman
Elmet – Fiona Mozley
Kings of the Yukon – Adam Weymouth

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The panel of judges consisted of novelist Kamila Shamsie, novelist and non-fiction writer Susan Hill, and Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor of The Sunday Times, each of whom backed Weymouth with great enthusiasm.

Kings of the Yukon: An Alaskan River Journey is described as “A captivating, lyrical account of an epic voyage by canoe down the Yukon River.” It recounts Weymouth’s own experience canoeing down the river and meeting people who have counted on its King Salmon migrations for generations. Climate change has seen a sharp decline in the salmon’s numbers and Kings of the Yukon examines how the modern world may have permanently changed a way of life that spans centuries.

Speaking of Weymouth’s book, Andrew Holgate said: “It feels as if we have found, ready minted and hidden in plain sight, a really outstanding new contemporary British voice – one who literary editors (myself included; I plead guilty) almost completely failed to spot on publication.”

Kamila Shamsie described the book as“Dazzling, often in unexpected ways. Adam Weymouth is a wonderful travel writer, nature writer, adventure writer – along the way, he is also a nuanced examiner of some of the world’s most fraught and urgent questions about the interconnectedness of people and the natural world.”

Susan Hill said “I was knocked sideways by this book and quite unexpectedly. Adam Weymouth takes his place beside the great travel writers like Chatwin, Thubron, Leigh Fermor, in one bound. But like their books this is about so much more than just travel.”

Rounding off the shower of praise, Andrew Holgate finished by saying: “I’ve never seen such a strong and excited consensus among the judges for a winner. Weymouth combines acute political, personal and ecological understanding, with the most beautiful writing reminiscent of a young Robert Macfarlane. He more than holds his own among the award’s illustrious list of past winners, and I’m thrilled that the prize is able to give him some of the exposure he so clearly deserves. He is, I have no doubt, a significant voice for the future.”

The Young Writer of the Year Award has been going since 1991 and previous winners include Max Porter for Grief is the Thing with Feathers (2016), Ross Raisin for God’s Own Country (2009), and Zadie Smith for White Teeth (2001). No doubt we’ve not heard the last of this year’s shortlisted writers.

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The winner was announced at a lavish ceremony hosted by retro pop star Kim Wilde at the In & Out (Naval & Military) Club in London.

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Last year’s winner was Christopher Bollen, an American novelist whose passage describing the protagonist’s love interest is both weird and utterly unsexy:

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