Thursday, 15 July 2010

Always the bridesmaid...

Our Big and Clever by Dan Tunstall did not manage to win the Banford Boase Award last night at Walker Books. It was one of seven on the shortlist for this important trade award for "the most outstanding work of fiction for children by a first time novelist", previously won by Meg Rosoff, Kevin Brooks and Mal Peet among others. But it was great to be on the shortlist and Dan, his wife Carey, agent Penny Luithlen and I had a great time at the event. It was Penny's wedding anniversary so she wins the gold star for putting work first. The winner was Stolen by Lucy Christopher, mostly set in the Australian Outback.
Being on the shortlist has already added some hundreds of copies to sales and was good for Five Leaves, the only small press with a book on the shortlist. And we got to talk to Jaqueline Wilson.We are currently working on the edit for Dan's next book, Out of Towners, due next May.

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