As you may have read on Twitter, on the award website, and my fellow shadow panel member’s blogs, our winner for the Young Writer of the Year Award has been announced! And the winner is… The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar! I reviewed the book here, and I have to say I really enjoyed it.
If you’ve read all our reviews of the four shortlisted books, you’ll know that there were a lot of different opinions in the mix, but meeting in person on 19th November at the FMcM offices was a brilliant opportunity to talk about the books in person. After a lot of debate we agreed that The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock was the most deserving of the four books, and we are very pleased to choose it as our shadow winner.
The official winner of the Young Writer of the Year Award 2018 will be announced on 6th December at the award event at The London Library. I’m planning to attend, as is my fellow shadow judge Lucy Pearson. I will be reporting back after the event!
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It was a pleasure to meet you, Lizzi. Hope to see you again next year.
I wasn’t sure whether you guys would pick this one or Elmet 🙂 And now I’m not sure which the official judges will go for either! Though I think they might well choose Mermaid too. Enjoy the awards ceremony. It’s a treat to hang out at the London Library with their Christmas tree up. I’m sorry I can’t be there this year. It would have been nice to meet you. I hope the shadow panel has been a good experience for you.