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Jo Walton scoops Hugo Award

5th September 2012

Welsh novelist Jo Walton has won the 2012 Hugo Award, one of the most prestigious science fiction prizes in the world and the only major fantasy award voted for by fans, for her 'reverse Harry Potter' tale Among Others.

In doing so, Walton has become the 22nd author to win the Hugo and Nebula Awards in the same year for the same book and can become the first person ever to achieve the hat-trick of also winning the World Fantasy Award in November, after recently being named on the 2012 shortlist.

Walton was honoured with this year's Hugo Award for best novel at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, which took place in Chicago at the weekend.

Among Others follows the tale of a young girl from a magical family who is sent to a non-magical school and soon learns that other people live very different lives.

The book has been described as a mirror image of 2011 Hugo Award winner J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter adventures and critics have bestowed a similar level of praise on Walton's novel, with the Guardian describing it as 'captivating'.

Writing on her blog after the announcement, Walton said: 'It still seems incredible. I was surprised and delighted to win a Nebula; I am gobsmacked and awed to win a Hugo.'

The author, who was raised in Wales before moving to Canada ten years ago, follows in the footsteps of Connie Willis, who won the 2011 Hugo Award for Blackout/All Clear.

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