After several hours of delightful debate and discussion (oh and some amazing cake) last Saturday the Shadow Judges (myself, Kim ofReading Matters, Eric of LonesomeReader, Naomi of The Writes of Women and Charlie of The Worm Hole independendly chaired by the lovely Dan Dalton of Buzzfeed) for the Sunday Times Peter Fraser Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award 2016 chose our winner… An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It by Jessie Greengrass.
It was a very, very tough decision as the shortlist was so, so, so, so good. We are all thrilled with the result as we think this collection of short stories is incredible and Jessie is going to be an author you all need to keep your eyes on. I would highly recommend you go and get your mitts on it along with the rest of the shortlist which I will leave links for below.
- An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It by Jessie Greengrass (John Murray Originals)
- Physical by Andrew McMillan (Cape Poetry)
- Grief is the thing with feathers by Max Porter (Faber)
- The Ecliptic by Benjamin Wood (Scribner)
Oh and I did mention that I would be giving away the shortlist to one lucky reader of the blog and, drawn at random, that lucky reader is… anneinsouthampton, so do email me Anne with your details and I will get them out in the post to you next week.
The official winner will be announced next Thursday evening, the 8th of December, do you think our winner will match theirs?