The Sunday Times / University Of Warwick Young Writer Of The Year Award
The Sunday Times / University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award, Shortlist 2019
Since 1991, the Young Writer of the Year Award has become perhaps our most prescient bellwether of future talent, in 2017 setting Sally Rooney on the road to literary stardom and her future 2018 win of our Waterstones Book of the Year, Normal People.
This year’s shortlist is rich in stylistic flair and narrative bravery, featuring a lyrical examination of cultural and linguistic displacement, a searing dissection of the legacy of the Holocaust, a strikingly personal collection of poetry and a set of singularly eerie short stories.
Drawing enlightening parallels between art and lived experience, Testament uncovers layers of denial, mistrust and secrecy at the heart of a strained and unconventional family. Handling emotive subject matter with sensitivity and grace, Sherwood crafts an impressively accomplished debut novel about the burdens of history and our relationship to the past.