Booktrust unveils 2010 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize shortlist
15th October 2010
The shortlist for the 2010 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, which celebrates young writers, has been announced by Booktrust.
A Light Song of Light by Kei Miller, Nadifa Mohamed's Black Mamba Boy and Bomber County by Daniel Swift are works included on the six-strong shortlist for the GBP 5,000 award.
Susan Fletcher's Corrag, Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine and Amy Sackville's The Still Point are the other titles in the running for the prize, which is open to UK and Commonwealth writers who are aged under 35.
Claire Allfree, the chair of the judging panel, commented: 'We're very proud that the books on this year's list are so thought-provoking, imaginative and diverse. The range of voices across the list is truly invigorating.'
Booktrust chief executive Viv Bird added that the prize is an 'important award', as it supports talented authors at the very start of their careers.
Last year, Evie Wyld took home the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize with her debut novel After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, which was applauded by the judges for being a 'fantastically mature book'.