The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2018

Join Lucy Popescu for an evening of readings with debut novelists shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award (BFNA).

RICK GEKOSKI is a writer, rare-book dealer and former academic. He has written several widely praised non-fiction books including Staying Up, Tolkien’s Gown, Outside of a Dog and Lost, Stolen or Shredded. Darke is his first novel. The BFNA judges commented: James Darke’s brutally frank, funny, tortured journal grippingly explores the depths of grief and the road to redemption.

XAN BROOKS is an award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster. He spent his rude youth as part of the founding editorial team of the Big Issue magazine and his respectable middle period as an associate editor at the Guardian, specialising in film. The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times is his debut novel. The BFNA judges commented: A wildly vivid and imaginative tale, bringing together damaged war-veterans, canny teenagers and gilded gentry.

WINNIE M. LI is a writer and producer, who has worked in the creative industries on three continents.A Harvard graduate, she has written for travel guide books, produced independent feature films, programmed for film festivals, and developed eco-tourism projects. The BFNA judges commented: This is a courageous story from an impressive writer. The writing is confident, fluent and direct, with terrific narrative pace.

JOHN MCGHIE was an investigative journalist for the BBC, Channel Four News and the Observer where he was Political Correspondent. In 2003, he made a BBC documentary White Terror, on which White Highlands, his debut novel, is partly based. The BFNA judges commented: An outstanding evocation of colonial imperialism in Kenya and its aftermath. Full of high drama, raw emotion and great descriptive power.

HARRIET PAIGE grew up in Devon. She studied English at Warwick University and later an MA in Writing. Harriet now lives in London with her husband and three children. Her first novel Man With A Seagull On His Head was the runner up in the Not the Booker Prize 2017. The BFNA judges commented: A sparkling and original debut illustrating, with deadpan wit and elegance, the fickle nature of fame.

Come and hear the authors read, enjoy a glass of wine and have your books signed at this very special event – all welcome!

This event is free but please register your place here https://www.waterstones.com/events/the-authors-club-best-first-novel-award-2018/london-gower-street

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