02 December, 2015


In September I was happy to tell you that my novel, The Art of Letting Go, was nominated for the 2015 Autumn Quarter of The People's Book Prize. I am even more excited to tell you that out of the dozens (maybe hundreds?) of entries, it is one of three books selected as a finalist in the fiction category! (See here for proof.)

I'm so thrilled to have reached this point and it's thanks to you. The Prize is awarded entirely by public vote, so to all those of you who voted for me, thank-you so much! For now you can of course continue to poke your friends with a big stick until they read my book, but voting is over until May. In May 2016 I shall need you all to vote again as I join the other 11 finalists for the annual award ceremony where an overall winner (also decided entirely by public vote) will be announced. Last year the award ceremony - a terrifying-looking black tie kind of do - was broadcast live on Sky! As well as categories for fiction, non-fiction and children's books, awards will also be given for Best Achievement and for First-Time Author, which I could also be in the running for.

I will, of course, be spamming you with every update about the Prize, and pleading for votes closer to the time, but for now I can only say thank-you again. Please do sign up for my newsletter (see sidebar) if you haven't already and do keep telling people about The Art of Letting Go - if you'd like a signed copy to give as a Christmas present, let me know and I'm sure we can sort something out!


  1. A signed copy for my mother in law as a Christmas present would be great as she loved it so much!

    1. Ah great, thanks! The easiest way as we see each other would actually be for you to just get it and bring it along to playgroup or something. If I get any more takers in the next week I'll order a big batch from the publishers at cost price and let you know, and we can do that instead (unfortunately I do not have any more free copies left!) xx

  2. Anything I can do to help, let me know. If you'd like a post on the strictlywritingblogspot.co.uk nearer the time we are at your disposal.

  3. Wow. That is awesome. And well-deserved. Congratulations and good luck!


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