The Still Point wins John Llewellyn Rhys Prize
24th November 2010
Amy Sackville has won the GBP 5,000 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize with her debut novel The Still Point.
Claire Allfree, chair of judges, praised the winning title, which is part love story and part Arctic adventure, for being an 'ambitious, beautifully constructed book' and singled out Sackville's 'breathtaking' use of language.
'She is a writer of seemingly limitless promise and, amid some tough competition, a thoroughly deserving winner,' Allfree commented.
In winning the prize, which is open to British and Commonwealth writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, Sackville saw off competition from A Light Song of Light by poet Kei Miller and Nadifa Mohamed's novel Black Mamba Boy.
Daniel Swift's nonfiction account Bomber County, Corrag by novelist Susan Fletcher and Cordelia Fine's neuroscience work Delusions of Gender completed the shortlist.
Commenting on her victory, Sackville said she is 'delighted and surprised and honoured' to be awarded the prize. The author added that she is currently working on a short novel, which she hopes to complete next year.