February 20, 2018

Fledgling Fletcher Wins Whitbread Award for First Novel

By LJ Staff

Susan Fletcher, January 5, won the Whitbread Award for her first novel Eve Green (Norton), which tells the story of am eight-year-old girl who leaves Birmingham to live with her grandparents in Wales. Norton said that it acquired the novel as part of a two-book deal, with a second novel to be delivered to the publisher in October on the heels of the September release of the paperback edition of Eve Green. In other categories, Andrea Levy won in the novel category for Small Island (Picador), while John Guy’s My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots (Fourth Estate) claimed the Biography Award, and Michael Symmons Roberts won the Poetry Award with Corpus. Triple Children’s Book Award went to Geraldine McCaughrean, for Not the End of the World (Oxford Univ.).