Winner of Inaugural Jhalak Prize for BAME Authors Announced

By March 18, 2017Literary Awards, News

The Jhalak Prize for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Writers (BAME) was only set up last year, to challenge the lack of diversity in literature, and the first winner is announced as Jacob Ross for his crime novel The Bone Readers.

The prize was founded last year to improve the poor representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic writers and was funded by an anonymous donor. Now the first year is complete, it’s announced that the prize will run again next year.

Upon announcement of the award, just 51 books were submitted for entry, despite it being open to all genres and even self published writers. This, organisers say just shows up the lack of diversity in literature. After a second appeal, 121 books were finally submitted and The Bone Readers is the overall winner.

The Bone Readers follows the story of Digger, a plainclothes police officer working in a rogue police force on the Caribbean island of Camaho who has a special talent of being able to read bones under LED lights. The novel is the first of a quartet following the character and has been received well.

Ross is the author of two short story collections, The Bone Readers and the 2009 acclaimed novel Pynter Bender.

Winner Announced for Man Booker International Prize 2017

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This year’s winner of the Man Booker International Prize is announced as Israeli author David Grossman for his novel A Horse Walks into a Bar, translated by Jessica Cohen and published by Jonathan Cape.

Last year was the first year that the Man Booker International recognised not only the winning author, but also the translator too. Both winner and translator will receive the prize, £25,000 cash, plus a further £1,000 for making the shortlist. The winner was announced last night at an awards dinner at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Read More

Winner of The Children’s Book Award 2017 Announced

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Back in February we brought you the shortlist of the Children’s Book Award 2017 and it made for an interesting collection of books. In a ceremony in London today the overall winner was announced and it’s a record-breaking fourth win for Michael Morpurgo for his book An Eagle in the Snow.

In the 37 years that the award has been announced, no one has won four times but all that changed today for former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo who collects the overall prize. Read More

2017 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner Revealed

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This year is the twentieth year of the Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction and the year has been marked by several big events. Originally called the Orange Prize, Bailey’s took over in 2014 keeping the important award for women’s writers alive.

Last night the 2017 winner, the twentieth winner of the prize was announced as British author Naomi Alderman for her fourth novel The Power. The decision was announced at an awards ceremony at Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre, London where the author was presented with her £30,000 prize and the ‘Bessie’, a limited edition bronze figurine. Read More

Bob Dylan Finally Delivered his Nobel Lecture and you can listen to it

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In late 2016, it was announced that singer/songwriter Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His winning of the award caused a slight stir among some bibliophiles whilst others argued his soulful lyrics were worthy of such a prize. Things were further complicated when it was revealed that Dylan had ignored the academy’s attempts to contact him. Read More

Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Shortlist Revealed for 2017

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The shortlist for the Old Peculier Theakston Crime Novel of the year was announced yesterday, reducing the original longlist down to six fantastic crime novels, all worthy winners of the award.

The shortlist contains some well known names in the crime genre, such as Val McDermid and Chris Brookmyre, who have both been nominated in previous years, and some newer authors you may not have heard of. Read More



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