Henry Porter wins the Wilbur Smith Adventure Novel Prize

13th September 2019

We are pleased to announce that our author, Henry Porter, is the winner of the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize for Best Published Novel for his book Firefly (Quercus).

The founder of the Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation, Niso Smith, said: ‘We were delighted by the captivating stories submitted this year for the published prize. After much deliberation the judges chose Firefly for its thrilling story, its pace, its breathtaking cinematic quality, and its scope and ambition. Whilst adventure writing can offer absolute escapism and sheer entertainment, it can also remind us of important current political and economic issues. Henry has written a mesmerizing and important book, brilliantly researched, which illuminates the refugee crisis spreading from Africa and the Middle East across Europe. It is a vital story for our times.’

Six judges chose Porter as the winner from a shortlist of six authors from across the globe, consisting of two debuts alongside well-established authors.

Porter received his prize of £15,000 at Stationers’ Hall on Thursday 12th September. The evening was hosted by Kate Silverton and Keith Chapman, both Patrons of the Foundation.

For more information about the Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation and what it can do for writers, please click here: https://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/

Firefly is published by Quercus. The copy is out in all bookstores as a hardcover and on Kindle.