The “intriguing” and “gripping” novel by a Creative Writing lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London has been selected for a new award that recognises British authors.
Susanna Jones’s fourth novel When Nights Were Cold has been chosen as one of eight titles for the new Fiction Uncovered award and will form part of a summer promotion supported by retailers Foyles, Waterstones, iBookstore, Amazon and independent bookstores.
Billed as the Mercury Prize for books, Fiction Uncovered is aimed at simply “uncovering and celebrating our best British writers”. Judged by literary heavyweights including John Sutherland, Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature at UCL, and Katy Guest, Literary Editor at The Independent on Sunday , it selects eight titles from consistently impressive writers who have been overlooked in the literary world.
Judging the 2012 awards, Katy Guest describes When Nights Were Cold as a “delightful adventure full of feisty women, mountaineering, all kinds of escape and Edwardian derring-do” and claims that Susannah’s fourth novel “deserves to put her on the literary map”.
Susanna was thrilled to hear that her novel had been selected by such esteemed judges. She said: “Fiction Uncovered is great because it's quite different from other literary prizes. There's no overall winner, just eight books chosen by a panel of judges to get some attention they might not otherwise get. So many novels are published every month that many of them, inevitably, slip through the cracks. I'm thrilled that When Nights Were Cold is on the list - and alongside seven brilliant books. The promotion will really help all eight books find new readers.”
For more information on When Nights Were Cold, visit the publisher’s website.
Posted on Wednesday 6th June 2012