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Sarah Howe wins The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award 2015

Sarah Howe wins The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award 2015

Loop of Jade, a debut collection of poetry, has been announced this year's winner.

Posted on 10th December 2015 by Sally Campbell

Sarah Howe has been named winner of the prestigious Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award for her extraordinary debut collection of poems, Loop of Jade.

Loop of Jade is a stunning, mesmeric work by an astonishing new talent. Half British, half Chinese, Howe was born in Hong Kong but moved to Britain as a small child; her autobiographical poems explore this dual nationality, detailing day-to-day epiphanies, little, yet pivotal moments in both her own, and her mother’s life.

The book has been described by The Scotsman as "a sinuous, shimmering, mirage-like debut collection...littered with... moments of sudden realisation, and also haunted by the suspicion that there must be more to everything than meets the eye."

Howe has been selected from an exceptional shortlist comprising four exciting new voices in British fiction; the other shortlisted books were Ben Fergusson's The Spring of Kasper Meier, Sunjeev Sahota's The Year of the Runaways  and Sara Taylor's The Shore.

Sarah Waters, an award judge and previous winner, said the short list was: “a wonderful line-up of books from four extremely talented writers. I think what’s particularly thrilling is the range of work on display here, as well as its quality.

"Each of these books confronts the complexities of life, but each has its own distinct style, its own energy. Collectively, they offer a very exciting snapshot of the literary scene.”

Loop of Jade has also been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Forward Prize for Best First Collection. 

Related books

Loop of Jade (Paperback)

Loop of Jade (Paperback)

Sarah Howe

Explores a dual heritage, journeying back to Hong Kong in search of her roots. Crossing the bounds of time, race and language, this is an exploration of self and place, of migration and in heritance, and introduces an unmistakable new voice in British poetry.

£10.00 £7.49
The Spring of Kasper Meier (Paperback)

The Spring of Kasper Meier (Paperback)

Ben Fergusson




3 Reviews

Perfect for fans of Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada and The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Simon Mawer - tightly plotted, emotionally gripping and a brilliant sense of place and period.

£8.99
The Shore (Hardback)

The Shore (Hardback)

Sara Taylor




8 Reviews

From a brave girl's determination to protect her younger sister as methamphetamine ravages their family, to a lesson in summoning storm clouds to help end a drought, these women struggle against domestic violence, savage wilderness, and the corrosive effects of poverty to secure a sense of well-being for themselves and for those they love.

£12.99
The Year of the Runaways (Paperback)

The Year of the Runaways (Paperback)

Sunjeev Sahota

With all the humanity of A Fine Balance, the sweep of A Suitable Boy, the atmosphere of Maps for Young Lovers and the freshness of Brick Lane, this is a novel about England and India from a staggering young talent.

£13.99