On the night, literary agent Madeleine Milburn said ‘The control in the writing is flawless. The child, Stella, has a complex point of view – some of it conscious and articulated, some intuitive, but her sensitivity is entirely convincing. This is a beautifully written observation of conflicted love; how we connect as human beings and how we fail to connect.’
Congratulations to Joanna, and to all of the talented writers who made the shortlist below.
Lilian Butterwick - A SILENT WORLD
Annette Gordon - WHEN I WAS LOVED
Joanna Merifield - THE SECOND GARDEN
Anni Domingo - BREAKING THE MAAFA CHAIN
Gail Honeyman - ELEANOR OLIPHANT