Readings and a party, but no cigar

With my #librarianhusband, Tim

So, although Unsettled Ground was one of the six novels shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, it didn’t win. The wonderful, Piranesi was announced the winner at the award ceremony last week. I can’t deny some disappointment, but I really enjoyed Susanna Clarke’s second novel (published after a long illness and sixteen years after her debut), and think it is a very worthy winner. And, it was amazing to be out in London, firstly reading from Unsettled Ground to an audience of 450 people (so great to be reading in front of ‘real’ people again), and on the following night attending the prize party. After the announcement I was finally able to relax and enjoy myself, and catch up with lots of old friends and meet lots of people who also love books. Thanks for having me, Women’s Prize!

Reading from Unsettled Ground the day before the prize announcement
Fellow shortlisters: Cherie Jones, Brit Bennett, Patricia Lockwood, Yaa Gyasi, me, and Susanna Clarke
Tim, Yaa Gyasi (a fellow Penguin author), and me, on the readings day.
Me, before the announcement.

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