I’m absolutely delighted to be on the short-list for this award. If you follow this link you’ll be able to see a list of some of the past winners and that should tell you why I’m so pleased. Sarah Waters, CJ Sansom, Andrew Taylor… These are all writers I love so to get this close to joining their club is a definite thrill.
I’ve been asked in the past what difference awards make, and the simple truth is that I have no idea. Plenty of books become best sellers without nominations or awards, and plenty of others don’t sell a great deal even though they have won big prizes. That said, the nomination means a great deal to me. It’s a vote of approval for the book from some of the smartest reviewers and readers in the field. Of course I’m happy.
The winner will be announced on 30th November in London. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed Somme Stations by Andrew Martin, The Cleansing Flames by RN Morris, and Prince by Rory Clements, so I can tell you the competition is tough. Sam Eastland’s last book was a great read too. Still, win or loose, it’s a fantastic list to be on. And whatever the result I’m going to use it as an excuse to make Ned take me out for a slap up feed that week.
Short list in full:
Rory Clements Prince (John Murray)
Sam Eastland The Red Coffin (Faber & Faber)
Gordon Ferris The Hanging Shed (Corvus)
Andrew Martin The Somme Stations (Faber & Faber)
RN Morris The Cleansing Flames (Faber & Faber)
Imogen Robertson Island of Bones (Headline)