Sunday, July 6, 2014

2013 Encore Award

The Encore Award honours exceptional second novels by British or Commonwealth writers.  From the website:

The Encore Award literary prize celebrates the achievement of outstanding second novels. “The Encore Award is a very thoughtful book prize. It rewards young authors who have already made the first important step in their writing careers, and it complements the many prizes that exist for young or first-time authors.”

All the Birds Singing by Evie Wyld

"From one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists, a stunningly insightful, emotionally powerful new novel about an outsider haunted by an inescapable past: a story of loneliness and survival, guilt and loss, and the power of forgiveness. Jake Whyte is living on her own in an old farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rain and battering wind. Her disobedient collie, Dog, and a flock of sheep are her sole companions, which is how she wants it to be. But every few nights something—or someone—picks off one of the sheep and sounds a new deep pulse of terror. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, and rumors of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is also Jake’s past, hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, held in the silences about her family and the scars that stripe her back—a past that threatens to break into the present. With exceptional artistry and empathy, All the Birds, Singing reveals an isolated life in all its struggles and stubborn hopes, unexpected beauty, and hard-won redemption. " publisher

Shortlist includes:
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
This is the Way by Gavin Corbett
How Should a Person Be by Sheila Heti

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