Hi, folks! Today, I’ve got some exciting news for you, which you can probably tell from the title. That’s right – I’ve met up with the rest of the shadow panel members for the Young Writer of the Year Award and we’ve decided upon our winner. We’ve also got a competition for you guys, so keep reading to find out more.
First up, shout outs are due to The Sunday Times and Peters Frasers + Dunlop for their hard work in making this award happen. While we’re revealing our pick as the shadow panel today, the judges‘ winner will be revealed at an event on Thursday 7th December. Click here to find out more about that.
And so, without further ado, it’s time to reveal our winner: THE LUCKY ONES by JULIANNE PACHICO!
Set mostly in lush, heady Colombia but even in a jungle-like New York City, they yoke together the fates of guerrilla soldiers, rich kids, rabbits, hostages, bourgeois expats, and drug dealers.
Interconnected yet fractured in places, the result is a narrative jigsaw puzzle with some of the pieces missing, or a kaleidoscope where different characters spin into focus as they take turns to come into focus. Her characters’ voices are completely haunting – and Pachico’s playfulness with language and mastery of consciousness create a mesmerising collective atmosphere in this collection.
At once terse and tender, with a manic, crazed energy, these stories will scalpel their way into your memory.
But that’s not all, so don’t head off just yet – we’re also giving five lucky winners the opportunity to receive a shortlisted book of your choice, so be sure to get your entry in via the Rafflecopter widget below. To refresh your memory, here’s the shortlist:
- Minoo Dinshaw – Outlandish Knight: The Byzantine Life of Steven Runciman
- Claire North – The End of the Day
- Julianne Pachico – The Lucky Ones
- Sally Rooney – Conversations with Friends
- Sara Taylor – The Lauras
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