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News | The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year

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Adam Weymouth (left), winner of The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2018, pictured with Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor of the Sunday Times and chair of the judges, and Caroline Michel of prize sponsor Peters Fraser & Dunlop.

Adam Weymouth was announced as the winner of The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year award last night, at a reception at The London Library in St. James’ Square.

The annual prize seeks to reward the best work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry by British and Irish authors under the age of 35, and is organised in association with the University of Warwick. The prize has been running since 1991, and has a strong tradition of shining a light on major literary talent at a very early stage in an author’s career, with previous winners including Zadie Smith, Robert MacFarlane, Sarah Waters and Simon Armitage. 

Adam Weymouth was awarded this year’s honour for For Kings of the Yukon (Particular Books), for which Weymouth went on a four-month canoe odyssey through the remote regions of North America, looking for the king salmon the Yukon’s inhabitants have long depended on. 

The prize was judged this year by novelist Kamila Shamsie, Literary Editor of The Sunday Times Andrew Holgate, and fiction and non-fiction writer Susan Hill, who said of For Kings of the Yukon: “I was knocked sideways by this book and quite unexpectedly. Adam Weymouth takes his place beside the great travel writers like Chatwin, Thubron, Leigh Fermor, in one bound. But like their books this is about so much more than just travel.” 

Last year’s winner of the prestigious award was Sally Rooney, whose recent novel Normal People was released to much critical acclaim earlier this year. Winners of the prize receive £5000, and are invited to take up a 10-week residential course with Warwick Writing Programme.

All shortlisted authors receive overseas exposure through the British Council, the international partner of the prize.

Full shortlist:

For more details on Adam Weymouth and Kings of the Yukon, go here.


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The Man Booker Prize 2015 Predictions

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Here at The London Magazine we’re getting excited about the upcoming announcement of the shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015 is chaired by Michael Wood, with the judges for this year’s award including former Deputy Editor of Granta Ellah Allfrey, the award-winning poet John Burnside, along with authors Sam Leith and Frances Osborne. Six titles will make the cut from the thirteen long listed books, but which ones? Late tomorrow morning all will be revealed. For now here are the titles that have caught our attention over the past few weeks…

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy (UK) Jonathan Cape.

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) One/Pushkin Press.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (US) Chatto & Windus.

The Green Road by Anne Enright (Ireland) Jonathan Cape.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (US) Picador.

Lila by Marilynne Robinson (US) Virago.

ARTICLE UPDATE

The official shortlist has now been announced and we are thrilled to see that four out of our predicted six titles made the shortlist. This year’s winner will be announced on Tuesday 13 October 2015, predicting a final winner from this impressive list of titles will be a daunting task.

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy (UK) Jonathan Cape.

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) One/Pushkin Press.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (US) Chatto & Windus.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (US) Picador.

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Jamaica) Oneworld.

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota (UK) Picador.

The full 2015 longlist: 

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Jamaica) Oneworld.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (US) Chatto & Windus.

Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy (India) MacLehose Press/Quercus.

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) One/Pushkin Press.

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (US) Jonathan Cape.

The Green Road by Anne Enright (Ireland) Jonathan Cape.

The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami (US) Periscope/ Garnet Publishing.

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy (UK) Jonathan Cape.

The Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan (UK) Faber.

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota (UK) Picador.

The Chimes by Anna Smaill (New Zealand) Sceptre.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (US) Picador.

Lila by Marilynne Robinson (US) Virago.

 

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