Adam Foulds wins Encore Award 2011
12th May 2011
Adam Foulds has won the 2011 Encore Award, which recognises the best second novel published in the last two years, for The Quickening Maze.
The follow-up to his 2007 debut The Truth About These Strange Times, The Quickening Maze is set in a Victorian asylum where poet John Clare and Septimus Tennyson, brother of Alfred Lord Tennyson, are incarcerated.
The judging panel described the novel as a 'confident and beautifully written' historical novel, particularly praising the writer's incorporation of poetry and description of the natural world.
'Structured like a collage in which vividly evoked episodes fit together thematically, it also has a satisfying overarching narrative in which individual lives take their separate courses,' the judges added.
The 2009 Encore Award was won by Julia Leigh for Disquiet, the story of a woman who returns to her childhood home after the breakdown of her marriage, only to encounter further heartbreak.