Hi, folks! Now, as you might already be know, I was lucky enough to have been selected as a member of the shadow panel for the Sunday Times and Peters Frasers + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award thanks to my book blog, SocialBookshelves.com.
I don’t want to go into a huge amount of detail because you can click here for that, but what I can do today is share what we, as the panel, picked as our winner, and I can also share a competition we have! You can enter that below for a chance to win of any book from the shortlist of your choice, and you can get daily entries too – so good luck!
And so, without further ado, it’s time to reveal the winner! We voted unanimously and all picked it as our favourite – so introducing The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico!
Set mostly in lush, heady Colombia but even in a jungle-like New York City, they yoke together the fates of guerrilla soldiers, rich kids, rabbits, hostages, bourgeois expats, and drug dealers.
Interconnected yet fractured in places, the result is a narrative jigsaw puzzle with some of the pieces missing, or a kaleidoscope where different characters spin into focus as they take turns to come into focus. Her characters’ voices are completely haunting – and Pachico’s playfulness with language and mastery of consciousness create a mesmerising collective atmosphere in this collection.
At once terse and tender, with a manic, crazed energy, these stories will scalpel their way into your memory.
The competition will be running until Thursday December 7th, which is the date of the awards ceremony when the overall winner will be revealed. We’ll be picking five winners on the same day, and each of them will win a shortlisted book of their choice.In the meantime, best of luck – and I’ll see you soon!