I am absolutely thrilled to share the news that Dear Mrs Bird has been shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag 2018 Breakthrough Author at the BAMB Readers Award. I cannot tell you how excited I am, both for DMB and also for all the teams at Picador, PanMacmillan and Jo Unwin Literary Agency who have worked so hard to bring it to bookshops.
I'm particularly excited as the shortlists are curated by booksellers. Dear Mrs Bird has been so incredibly championed and supported right from the beginning by so many brilliant booksellers, so this is really special.
I am very honoured to be listed alongside some amazing writers. The Bookseller has all the details of the different categories and authors here, and this is the Breakthrough Author shortlist:
"Vying for the accolade of Breakthrough Author are authors including Sophie Mackintosh, whose debut The Water Cure was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Preti Taneja, whose retelling of King Lear, We That Are Young(Galley Beggar Press), scooped the Desmond Elliott Prize earlier this year. They compete on a shortlist also including authors A J Pearce (Dear Mrs Bird), Joe Heap (The Rules of Seeing), Laura Carlin (The Wicked Cometh), Polly Clark (Larchfield), Sarah J. Harris (The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder), and Tommy Orange (There There)."
The BAMB Awards are also the only awards where readers get to say who wins, so if you live in the UK or Eire and enjoyed Dear Mrs Bird, I would love it if you'd like to vote! Here is the link and voting closes on the 4th November. Thanks so much!