First Prize

Awards and prizes are the lifeblood of contemporary literary fiction. They are often controversial, they attract media attention, and they can be worth a lot of money. From the odd (ever heard of Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award?) to the famous (the Nobel Prize for Literature), literary prizes are worth checking out. They can help us decide what to read; sometimes they also tell us what to avoid (I’m thinking of the Literary Review’s annual Bad Sex award, for example – there’s just so much pulsating heat and nipple clamping that I can stand.)

We’ll look at a wide range of prize-winning literature this month. 🙂

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