Swimming Lessons Shortlisted for Encore Award


I’m absolutely delighted to announce that Swimming Lessons has been shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Encore Award, along with five other titles. The award is presented annually for the best second novel published in the UK and Ireland.

More information on the prize can be found on the RSLiterature website, and on their press release.

This is what the judges said about Swimming Lessons:

‘The powerful emotional undertow running through this tale of marital breakdown and familial survival never wavers as Flora, the youngest daughter of a narcissistic writer, attempts to piece together the truth about her mother’s disappearance via the discovery of a cache of letters distributed among the pages of her parents’ books.’

The winner will be announced on 9th May.

Find out more about Swimming Lessons.

Buy a copy of Swimming Lessons.

9 thoughts on “Swimming Lessons Shortlisted for Encore Award

  1. Congratulations on being nominated. I run a small book club in Swanage. We first read Our Endless Numbered Days, last month we read Swimming Lessons. Both were wonderful. Considering our environment we were completely drawn into the setting for Swimming Lessons.
    Thank you.


    • Oh! Thank you. Yes – Hadleigh is based on Swanage, and Spanish Green is Studland. If you haven’t met up yet to discuss the book I can send you some book club questions – just fill in the form on the contact page.


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