Just back from Cyprus with the fabulous news that Winter Downs has won the Arnold Bennett Book prize!
Shocked and awed! I suspect there is no easy way to graciously accept any award because if other people are anything like me they don’t dare think about the possibility that they might actually be in the running.
I was not able to accept the award in person as Peter and I were on holiday in Cyprus – but I was asked if somebody could be there on my behalf ‘just in case’ and the wonderful Misha Herwin stepped up for me.
Setting Winter Downs in the year 1940 has meant a huge amount of research but also a huge amount of fun, and I hope people gain as much enjoyment in reading this book it as I did in writing.
Winning this prize has set something of a precedent for my sleuth Bunch Courtney and Inspector Wilbur Wright! It will make the writing of the second, In her Defence, that much harder, but I am sure they are both up to the task. I shall do my very best to live up to those standards on their behalf.
A huge thank you to the Penkhull Press and to my editors Peter Coleborn, Misha Herwin and Jem Shaw for their hard work and patience during the writing.
Heartfelt thanks also to the four judges, Dr Catherine Burgass of the Arnold Bennett Society, Dr Nick Bentley of Keele University, prize-winning author Lisa Blower, and Jenny Amphlett of the Sentinel, for selecting Winter Downs. Thank you also to the Arnold Bennett Society and the Sentinel newspaper
And lastly thank to all of the lovely people who have read Winter Downs, without whom I would not be writing the second and third books in the series.
Full details HERE