Xiaolu Guo shortlisted for RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018

19th April 2018

The RSL Ondaatje Prize, now in its 15th year, is an annual award of £10,000 for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, best evoking the spirit of a place. Founded in 1820 the Royal Society of Literature is Britain’s national charity for the advancement of literature. In addition to the RSL Ondaatje Prize, the RSL runs the Encore Award for best second novel of the year, the V. S. Pritchett Short Story Prize, RSL Literature Matters Awards and the RSL Giles St Aubyn Awards for Non-Fiction, as well as regular events, and manages a schools outreach programme.

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Elly Griffiths longlisted for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2018

15th April 2018

Elly Griffiths’ novel, The Chalk Pit, has been longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2018.

The prize was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction and is open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018.

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Xiaolu Guo shortlisted for Rathbones Folio Prize 2018

29th March 2018

Xiaolu Guo’s memoir, Once Upon a Time in the East, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize.

A Wild Swans for a new generation, Once Upon a Time in the East takes Xiaolu from a run-down shack to film school in a rapidly changing Beijing, navigating the everyday peculiarity of modern China: censorship, underground art, Western boyfriends. In 2002 she leaves Beijing on a scholarship to study in Britain. Now, after a decade in Europe, her tale of East to West resonates with the insight that can only come from someone who is both an outsider and at home.

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Xiaolu Guo wins NBCC Award 2017

16th March 2018

Xiaolu Guo’s memoir Nine Continents (Once Upon a Time in the East in the UK) has won the Autobiography category of the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Awards.

The awards, begun in 1975 and considered among the most prestigious in American letters, are the sole prizes bestowed by a jury of working critics and book-review editors.

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Olivia Laing awarded Windham-Campbell Prize

9th March 2018

Olivia Laing is one of eight writers who have been recognised by the Windham-Campbell Prize. The judges said that she “searches the depths of the self” in her writing, and described her as “a cartographer of human emotion, mixing memoir, biography and critical engagement with an acute sense of place.”

Each recipient of the prize receives $165,000, which is intended to give them the freedom to write liberated from money worries.

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Guo and Millwood Hargrave shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize

20th February 2018

Two Janklow authors have been shortlisted for the 2017 Jhalak Prize. Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Island at the End of Everything and Xiaolu Guo’s Once Upon A Time in the East are both on the shortlist which includes six books in total.

The prize, which was founded in 2017, works to highlight the quality and variety of work by writers of colour in contemporary Britain.

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Kiran Millwood Hargrave longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018

15th February 2018

Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s second novel, The Island at the End of Everything has been longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018.

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Sharon Cohen longlisted for Branford Boase 2018

5th February 2018

Sharon Cohen’s debut children’s novel, Starman and Me has been longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018.

The Branford Boase Award aims to reward the most promising new writers and their editors, and is given annually to the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time novelist. The shortlist will be published on 2nd May 2018.

The Starman and Me explores where we have come from and where we are moving to - it’s about the magic of DNA, the power of identity, and the importance of caring for each other.

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Guo and Millwood Hargrave nominated for Jhalak Prize

1st February 2018

Two Janklow authors have been selected for the longlist of the 2017 Jhalak Prize. Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Island at the End of Everything and Xiaolu Guo’s Once Upon A Time in the East have both been longlisted.

Started by authors Sunny Singh and Nikesh Shukla and Media Diversified, with support from The Authors’ Club and a prize donated by an anonymous benefactor the prize exists, to celebrate the achievements of British writers of colour. The aim is the find the best writers of colour in the country.

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Guo and Rutherford shortlisted at NBCC Awards

23rd January 2018

Two J&N authors have been selected for the category shortlists of the National Book Critics Circle Awards.

Adam Rutherford’s debut, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, has been nominated for Non-Fiction, while Xiaolu Guo’s Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China (Once Upon a Time in the East in the UK) has been nominated for Autobiography.

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