The eight titles for the inaugural Fiction Uncovered promotion were selected by a judging panel chaired by the author Giles Foden. The 2011 judging panel included Sarah Crown (Literary Editor, Guardian Online), Simon Burke (Fiction Buying Manager, Waterstone’s) and Damian Barr (author, playwright, journalist and host of the Shoreditch House Literary Salon).

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Partners 2011

Forgetting Zoë

Ray Robinson

‘The dark, unflinching tale of ten-year-old Zoe, abducted and imprisoned after a chance encounter. While Thurman viscerally proves the apple never falls far from the tree, Zoe must find a way to outwit and escape from her perverse captor. A grim story written with extraordinary skill.’

The Water Theatre

Lindsay Clarke

‘Clarke’s family saga is a book with enormous sweep: with a story that takes us from working class Yorkshire to cultured Umbria, and to a newly independent West African state.’

Disputed Land

Tim Pears

‘As the Cannons gather in the Welsh marshes for Christmas, young Theo is initiated into the politics of family. Pears is an author whose impressive body of work should be much more widely appreciated.’

The London Satyr

Robert Edric

“A fascinating portrait of the seamy underworld of London in 1891. Line by line Edric out-writes many better known novelists.”

Nimrod’s Shadow

Chris Paling

‘A darkly comic novel featuring a 19th century artist whose paintings trigger a 21st century murder investigation. Deserved recognition for a critically acclaimed writer who merits a much wider audience.’

The Proof of Love

Catherine Hall

‘Hall conjures the parched heat of the summer of 1976 as a young Cambridge mathematician finds light and shade in the Cumbrian hills.’

The English German Girl

Jake Wallis Simons

‘As the net closes in on the Jews of Berlin, a family places their hopes for survival in their teenage daughter, sending her from Germany to England. As she fights to make herself understood in a strange land, can she save them in time?’

Night Waking

Sarah Moss

‘A must-read for any parent, this novel dramatises a family’s struggle to balance work and relationships in the isolated setting of a Scottish isle. Everyday tensions and an extraordinary event come together to produce a remarkably satisfying story.’