The Cambridge Curry Club wins regional book prize
22nd December 2010
A debut novel inspired by the author's time working in a charity shop has seen off competition from a strong shortlist to be crowned the Cambridgeshire Book of the Decade.
The Cambridge Curry Club by Saumya Balsari has been named the winner of the accolade, which was launched by Cambridgeshire County Council and supported by the Cambridge City News.
In winning the title, Balsari triumphed over a shortlist that included Kate Atkinson's Case Histories, which won the Saltire Book of the Year Award in 2005, and Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters, which took the 2005 Guardian First Book Award.
Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott, Jim Kelly's The Water Clock and The Wild Places by Robert MacFarlane were the other works competing for the prize, which was open to any book published from January 2000 to December 2009 and written by a Cambridgeshire author or set in the region.
Speaking to the Cambridge City News, Balsari commented: 'I'm completely overwhelmed. For me it was an honour just to be on the shortlist – I didn't think for a moment I would win it.'