Small Voice, Amplified

Congratulations to 29-year-old writer Evie Wyld on her winning of the John Llewellyn Rhys prize for her book After the Fire, a Still Small Voice.   Her first novel, it follows a family in eastern Australia, and the long-term effects created by a legacy of war and violence.


Past winners of the award -- which is for writers from UK and Commonwealth under 35 -- include Margaret Drabble and Jeannette Winterson.    We particularly like hearing that author -- when she is not writing -- is a bookseller.

 

Hat tip to the Granta website for the info.

 

-BILL TIPPER

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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