Category: Awards

Winner of the FIRST Paul Torday Memorial Prize announced

Congratulations to Anne Youngson, winner of the inaugural Paul Torday Memorial Prize, for her wonderful book Meet Me At The Museum, and to runner up Norma MacMaster for the haunting Silence Under A Stone.

The inaugural Paul Torday Memorial Prize is awarded to a first novel by a writer over 60. Prize fund £1,000 plus a set of the collected works of British writer Paul Torday, who himself only published his first novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen at the age of 60.

PAUL TORDAY MEMORIAL PRIZE WINNER:
ANNE YOUNGSON FOR MEET ME AT THE MUSEUM AWARDED £1,00

Anne Youngson, 70, worked for many years in senior management in the car industry before embarking on a creative career as a writer. She has supported many charities in governance roles, including Chair of the Writers in Prison Network, which provided residencies in prisons for writers. She lives in Oxfordshire and is married with two children and three grandchildren to date. Meet Me at the Museum is her debut novel. Anne lives in Oxfordshire.

Anita Sethi, Paul Torday Memorial Prize Judge says:

I loved this engrossing story of friendship and family – it fascinates both in the form of its excellent use of the epistolary, and in its content as it explores actual human archaeology and the archaeology of the human heart.

PAUL TORDAY MEMORIAL PRIZE RUNNER-UP: NORMA MACMASTER FOR SILENCE UNDER A STONE (DOUBLEDAY IRELAND) Age at publication: 81

Norma MacMaster was born and reared in County Cavan before continuing her studies in Derry, Dublin, Belfast and Montreal. She was a secondary school teacher and counsellor in Ireland and Canada and was ordained a minister of the Church of Ireland in 2004. A contributor to Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio 1, she is the author of a memoir, Over My Shoulder. She and her late husband have one daughter. Norma lives by the sea in North County Dublin and wrote Silence Under A Stone ‘a bit now and a bit then’, typing with two fingers in her attic. It is her first novel. Norma was born in Cavan and lives in Dublin.

Kate Mosse, Paul Torday Memorial Prize Judge says:

A beautiful, subtle, elegant novel! A story of closed communities, of the schisms of religion, of fear, and faith, of anger and being unable to forgive, this is a beautifully written and very moving story.

The awards were given out by Jackie Kay at the The Society of AuthorsAwards Party in Southwark Cathedral, introduced by Philip Pullman, where £100,000 of prize money was given out in total.

Shortlist for inaugural Paul Torday Memorial Prize

Paul Torday shortlist 2019

The shortlist for the inaugural Paul Torday Memorial Prize was announced today by The Society of Authors.

It will be awarded to a first novel by a writer over 60. Prize fund £1,000 plus a set of the collected works of British writer Paul Torday, who himself only published his first novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen at the age of 60. Judged by Mark Lawson, Kate Mosse and Anita Sethi.

  • Sealskin by Su Bristow (Orenda Books)
  • Walking Wounded by Sheila Llewellyn (Sceptre)
  • Silence Under a Stone by Norma MacMaster (Doubleday Ireland)
  • The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson (Two Roads)
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (Zaffre)
  • Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson (Doubleday)

Commenting, the Paul Torday Memorial Prize judges said:

This inaugural shortlist vitally reminds us that writing is a job with no mandatory starting date, demonstrated through excellent historical fiction alive with time and period, magical explorations of landscape and love, a devastating story about the hidden consequences of the brutality of wars, and an exploration of the archaeology of the human heart.

The winner will be announced at The Society of Authors Awards Party on Monday 17th June at Southwark Cathedral.

Lost Magician wins Teach Primary Award 2019

Delighted to announce that The Lost Magician has won the Teach Primary Book Award 2019 (KS2)

The runner up was Our Castle by The Sea , by Lucy Strange, and the other shortlisted titles were Unexpected Twist by Michael Rosen, The Whispers by Greg Howard, The Train to Impossible Places by PG Bell and Boy 87 by Ele Fountain.

One of the judges, Dan Freedman, praised the book’s “magical storytelling”

I’m thrilled the book has been honoured amongst such wonderful stories and look forward to more readers, in and outside the classroom, discovering the world of Folio.

Castle is People’s Book Prize finalist!

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Completely astonished and thrilled to announce that There May Be A Castle is now a finalist for the People’s Book Prize 2018/19.

Thank you to all who have voted and supported the book so far, it means the world, for this story is very personal and dear to me.

If you felt able to continue that support, it would be wonderful. Public voting opens here on the 1st April, and you have until the 30th to vote, and the winner will be announced at a gala ceremony at the Stationer’s Hall on the 8th May.

Fingers crossed!

Judges announced for inaugural Paul Torday Prize

Mark Lawson, Kate Mosse and Anita Sethi have been confirmed as the judging panel for the first year of the Paul Torday Memorial Prize for debut novelists over 60.

The prize was announced in 2018 by myself and Nick Torday, sons of novelist Paul Torday (1946-2013) with a message for both to the publishing industry and the public that ‘it truly is never too late to follow your dream’ and to show that ‘writing could be a wonderful second career for many more with a life of well-lived experience to call upon’.

Our father’s own successful writing career only began when he entered semi-retirement and in 2006 published his first best-selling novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, at the age of 60.

In a statement on the line-up of judges, I said:

We could not think of a better way to remember our father and his literary legacy than with a prize that honours those who, like him, come to writing later in life.

We are both so thrilled that this highly experienced trio of judges, with such a broad range of critical sensibilities and views between them, are now on board to choose an award winning senior debut, and launch the winner on a whole new career at an age when many others are finishing theirs.

Award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster Anita Sethi said:

I’m delighted to a be a Judge of this important and much-needed prize in its inaugural year, through which we can celebrate that it’s never too late to follow your passion and fulfil your talent – and that sometimes the finest flowers are the latest to bloom.

International best-selling author Kate Mosse said:

I’m delighted to be part of this celebration of older voices.  Storytelling is about the wisdom of years as well as the power of imagination, of character, and I’m hugely looking forward to discovering new voices.

The winner will receive £1,000 plus a set of Paul Torday’s collected works. Runners-up will receive one specially-selected Paul Torday novel with a commemorative book plate.

The inaugural Paul Torday Memorial Prize will be awarded at the 2019 Society of Authors’ Awards ceremony at Southwark Cathedral in June.

About the judges

Mark Lawson

Mark Lawson is a journalist, broadcaster and author. He has published four novels: IdlewildGoing Out LiveEnough Is Enough and The Deaths, and his work as a broadcaster includes BBC Radio 4’s Front RowForeign Bodies – A History of Crime Fiction and BBC4’s Mark Lawson Talks to… He also writes for the Guardian and the New Statesman.

Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse is the author of eight novels & short story collections, three works of non-fiction and four plays. A champion of women’s creativity, she is the Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction – the largest annual celebration of women’s writing in the world – and sits on the Executive Committee of Women of the World. She was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to literature and women and was named Woman of the Year for her service to the arts in the Everywoman Awards. Her latest No 1 bestseller, The Burning Chambers is out in paperback from 7 March.

Anita Sethi

Anita Sethi is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster who has written for the Guardian, Observer and Sunday Times, among others. She has appeared as a guest panellist and commentator on radio, interviewed leading figures in culture and politics and worked as a columnist, critic and feature writer across the national press, published in anthologies and books including From There to Here, Solstice Shorts, Roads Ahead, and The Book Club Bibleand is currently completing a book.

About Paul Torday

Paul Torday (photograph J C Torday), and reading with his sons, Piers and Nick

Paul Torday (1946 – 2013) was a businessman and author of nine books. His first novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, was an immediate international bestseller, later made into a film starring Ewan MacGregor and Emily Blunt. His fiction has been translated into twenty-eight languages and won several awards, including the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction.

 

The Lost Magician shortlisted for Alexandra Palace Book Award 2019

The Lost Magician is shortlisted for the inaugural Biblio-Buzz Alexandra Palace Book Awards, formerly Haringey Children’s Book Awards.

Chosen by librarians in my local borough of Haringey, the full shortlist in alphabetic order, is:

Child I  Tasane, Steve

Kat Wolfe Investigates  St John, Lauren

Kick Johnson, Mitch

The Lost Magician Torday, Piers

Tin Kenny, Padraig

Will You Catch Me? Elson, Jane

Schools and groups of children across the borough will now read and discuss these 6 books, culminating in the participating children voting for their favourite at the ceremony on Tuesday 2nd April at Alexandra Palace.

Congratulations all my fellow nominees and thank you once more, the librarians of Haringey.

There May Be A Castle longlisted for People’s Book Prize

Completely delighted to learn that There May Be A Castle has been longlisted for The People’s Book Prize 2018 (Children’s)

The People’s Book Prize is a literary competition aimed at finding, supporting and promoting new and undiscovered works – decided exclusively by you, the public.

And you can vote here – it only takes seconds and no need to register

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Stephen Fry announces Paul Torday Memorial Prize

Last night Stephen Fry announced the new Paul Torday Memorial Prize, at the The Society of Authors #AuthorsAwards party.

Paul published his first book, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, at the age of 60, and his sons Piers and Nick Torday have founded this new prize in his memory for the best debut novel by an author 60 or over.

We want to celebrate and encourage creativity in later life

We believe it is never too late to discover your passion

We want to promote writing as a second career

The Society is administering the award and entries are open from 1st August 2018. The deadline for entry is 15TH NOVEMBER 2018.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

1. The novel must have been first published in the UK and Republic of Ireland between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018 for the first award, and thereafter between 1 September and 31 August in the year preceding that year’s award.

2. The novel must be a full length work by a living author.

3. The book must be in the English language and cannot be a translated work.

4. The novel must be the author’s first published full length fiction work but they can have had works published of other lengths or other genres in the past.

5. The author(s) must be aged 60 or over at the date of first print publication of the novel and living at the date of submission. In the event that the author is shortlisted, they will be asked to provide proof of age.

6. There are no residence or nationality restrictions.

7. We cannot accept books that are only available in e-format or that are only self-published or where the author has contributed or paid for the costs of publishing.

8. Submissions must be made by the print publisher.

9. The decision of the judges is final and they reserve the right not to award the Prize if, in their opinion, no works entered reach a sufficiently high standard. Judges may call in books if they so wish.

The prize will be awarded at the Society of Authors’ annual Authors’ Awards ceremony in July 2019. For any queries, please email prizes@societyofauthors.org.

The Explorer wins Costa Children’s Book of the Year 2017!

Huge congratulations to Katherine Rundell who has won theCosta Children‘s Book of the Year 2017 ! It was an outstanding shortlist in an outstanding year for children’s books, but our decision was happily and conclusively unanimous for this wonderful classic in the making.

Now the category winners have been announced, we have the small task of choosing the Costa Book of the Year…

The winner, to be selected by a panel of judges chaired by novelist Wendy Holden and comprising authors and category judges Moniza Alvi, Simon Garfield, Freya North, Sophie Raworth and myself, joined by Contributing Editor, British Vogue, Laura Bailey, author and presenter, Fern Britton and actor Art Malik, will be announced at an awards ceremony hosted by presenter and broadcaster Penny Smith at Quaglino’s in central London on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

Just a reminder of the full children’s shortlist this year – every one a must read.

Sarah CrossanMoonriseBloomsbury Children’s Books
Lissa EvansWed WabbitDavid Fickling Books
Kiran Millwood HargraveThe Island at the End of EverythingChicken House

There May Be A Castle nominated for Carnegie

CILIP Carnegie

There May Be A Castle has been nominated for a CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018, one of a 121 titles nominated for this 80 year old award.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.

Previous winners of the CILIP Carnegie Medal include Neil Gaiman, Sally Gardner, Patrick Ness, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman and C.S. Lewis.

Librarians all over the country begin reading the nominated books now in order to make a Longlist announcement on 15 February 2018, with the shortlist announced on 15th March, and the winner revealed on 18th June 2018.

I am thrilled to be listed along with so many other wonderful books and authors – good luck everybody!