Bath Novel Award 2017 Winner:
SOPHIE SNELL for THE PEAR DRUM
(Unpublished PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER)
“I’m very excited by The Pear Drum’s commercial potential, and I loved the creepy concept and the gothic undertones.” Laura Williams, literary agent and 2017 judge.
“The Pear Drum is a gripping read. Loved the fairytale elements and touches of the gothic.” Joanna Barnard, author of Precocious and Hush Little Baby.
Sophie Snell is a traditional oral storyteller. After a first career in accountancy, motherhood rekindled her love of stories and storytelling. She found her head blossoming with characters and ideas and began travelling the country, entertaining all ages with folk tales and songs. Sophie lives with her family in a rural Derbyshire house filled with music, books, cats and steaming wet sports kit dumped on the kitchen floor.
Always fascinated by fairy tales, the spark for The Pear Drum came to Sophie after moving to the country and waking to find her hillside farm house marooned in a white sea of autumn mist. Sophie imagined a woman travelling back to her childhood home, only to find it filled with fairy tale horrors and elusive memories. Sophie put the unpacking of her removal boxes on hold, cleared a writing desk and finished The Pear Drum just in time for the Bath Novel Award 2017 deadline.
Read the opening pages of all five shortlisted novels here
Visit Sophie Snell’s website at www.sophiesnell.co.uk
And see the winner announcement and shortlist here: The Bath Novel Award 2017 Winner’s Announcement — The Bath Novel Award
BATH NOVEL AWARD: 2017 LONGLIST ANNOUNCEMENT
This year a record 1,163 novels were submitted by writers in 48 countries.
Of the 33 novels selected for this year’s longlist, one third are by writers based outside the UK, including Canada, New Zealand, Netherlands, Switzerland and the USA. Novel settings range from the UK to Ukraine, time travel in Wales, earthquakes in El Salvador, deadly Norwegian forests, even a sunless future Birmingham. Two thirds of the novels are by women writers and one male writer has two novels listed. Six writers have been longlisted by us before, either for an earlier draft or a different book. In terms of genre, literary, psychological suspense, thrillers, YA, women’s and crime lead our 2017 longlist, followed by historical, comedy, fantasy and speculative novels. Notable trends amongst the final 33 include the rise of the immigrant hero, activist lit and a distinct upswing in novels with themes about deception – by those in power and of ourselves – and the search for love, light and life in the darkest of days.
As our judges read “blind” we’ll be keeping the longlisted writers’ identities under wraps until the winner, as chosen by literary agent Laura Williams of Peters, Fraser Dunlop is announced on July 6th. Shortlisted titles will be announced on June 14th.
In the meantime, huge congratulations to the writers of these 33 standout titles:
- After the Lunch
- Brave Girls
- Enemies at the Gate
- Finding Freedom
- Forget Me Not
- In a Rushdie Winter
- Jacob’s Ladder
- Jonathon Fairfax Must Be Destroyed
- Lost Journals at Sundown
- Mountainous Regions of the Heart
- One of Us
- Over the Coconut Trees
- Start Wearing Purple for Me Now
- Strangers on a Bridge
- The Binding Frame
- The History of You
- The Light Factory
- The Lost Sister
- The Pact
- The Pear Drum
- The Proof of the Outside
- The Silence of Shannon
- The Still Gate
- What Was Left Behind
- Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart
And the Bath Children’s Novel Award winners are… *drum roll please*
Guest blog by Gillian McAllister:“When writing a novel we become blind to its flaws. An author friend and I like to joke that we would and also really wouldn’t like to erase our memories and read our work afresh. In the absence of memory wiping, here are five ways I ensure there are as few typos as possible at the point when I press ‘send’…”
THE BATH CHILDREN’S NOVEL AWARD 2016 LONGLIST.
This year, 715 manuscripts were submitted by unsigned writers across the globe. From an incredibly strong field, 26 novels have been longlisted, with a range of settings from 19th century Castile to future wintry worlds via coastal Devon, Texan creeks and a sewage tunnel beneath Buckingham Palace…