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The Sunday Times / University Of Warwick Young Writer Of The Year Award

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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.

The Shortlist

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One of the most original collections to emerge from the booming new wave of next generation poets – and winner of the Ted Hughes Award - The Perseverance turns Raymond Antrobus’s experiences, growing up as a deaf British Jamaican, into strikingly lyrical verse. Navigating the spaces between sign language and speech, he creates a world of new and shifting communication as a filter for keenly evoked memories of his childhood and growing up.
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Saturated in a kind of gothic magic realism, Salt Slow’s short stories are haunting meditations on the plasticity of the human form and the way that the uncanny can impinge on everyday life. The debut collection from an award winning writer, this is a book that will haunt and delight in equal measure.
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A dazzlingly inventive and lyrical examination of what it means to be caught between two cultures, Fowler’s debut fizzes with wit and intelligence. Through dynamic prose and rich linguistic metaphor, Stubborn Archivist heralds the emergence of a vibrant new voice in contemporary fiction.
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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.    

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