Skip to main content

The Branford Boase Award Shortlist

Hooray, today is Branford Boase Award Shortlist day. I have so nearly read the whole longlist, just one book has eluded me but, it is now in the library waiting for me. I’m off to pick it up later today, and then I can finish my posts on all 29 longlisted titles.

The shortlist has some of my personal favourites on it. The judges have chosen the following:

Winter Damage by Natasha Carthew, edited by Rebecca McNally
Geek Girl by Holly Smale, edited by Lizzie Clifford
Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones, edited by Marga Bergman
Red Ink by Julie Mayhew, edited by Emily Thomas
Alex, the Dog, and the Unopenable Door by Ross Montgomery, edited by Rebecca Lee & Susilia Baybars
Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood, edited by Venetia Gosling
The Poison Boy by Fletcher Moss, edited by Imogen Cooper & Barry Cunningham

Once I’ve read my last book I’ll be able to choose my own shortlist. I think I concur with about the half the list, but I might make a few changes! There is absolutely no doubt that Wild Boy will be on it. My love for it hasn’t faded since I first read it last year and I am thrilled to see it on the shortlist.

There's more information on the Branford Boase Award website. It seems like an age until the prize ceremony on July 10th, but I'm sure the time will fly!


Popular posts from this blog

Interview With The Vampire: Claudia's Story by Anne Rice and Ashley Marie Witter

How to Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake

'Tis the season to be jolly. Unless you've found an intimate picture of another woman on your fiance's phone... Eve is heartbroken after discovering her fiance is cheating on her. Being surrounded by the joys of Christmas is more than Eve can bear, so she chooses to avoid the festivities by spending Christmas alone on a houseboat in Pangbourne. Eve gets gets an unexpected seasonal surprise when handsome local vet Greg comes to her rescue one day, and continues to visit Eve's boat on a mission to transform her from Kitchen Disaster Zone to Culinary Queen.But where does Greg keep disappearing to? What does Eve's best friend Daisy know that she isn't telling? And why is there an angry goose stalking Eve's boat?
This book illustrates how special a thing it is to have people send you books out of the blue; it's a privilege and a pleasure. I wouldn't have known about this book, let alone read and loved it, if it hadn't landed in my letterbox. I'm …

Reading Resolutions

Happy New Year!
That's 2015 done and dusted, here's to 2016 and let's hope it's filled with love and laughter, friends and fun, books and cake. And really, that's about as far as my resolutions go but I do have a few projects in mind for the coming year and beyond.

This year there are two anniversaries I want to celebrate. The first is the two hundredth anniversary of Charlotte Bronte's birth on 21st April.
Jane Eyre is one of my most favourite stories of all and I've lost count of the number of times I've read it over the years. I'll be re-reading it yet again come April, but before then I plan to read the other three novels Charlotte wrote starting with Shirley this month. I'm quite keen to read the new Claire Harman biography of Charlotte Bronte too at some point.

The other anniversary is that of Shakespeare's death 400 years ago on 23rd April. I've finally admitted to myself that reading the same half dozen plays over and over isn'…