Fiction Uncovered, the annual promotion that celebrates our best British fiction writers, announces its 2013 selection today Thursday 16 May 2013. Now in its third year, Fiction Uncovered celebrates and promotes eight living British writers of any age who have already published at least one novel or short story collection. Fiction Uncovered is funded by the National Lottery and supported by Arts Council England.
The eight titles selected for Fiction Uncovered 2013 will be announced at a launch event in Soho, London by the Chair of Judges, Louise Doughty. The Fiction Uncovered 2013 books are:
- All the Beggars Riding by Lucy Caldwell (Faber & Faber)
- How I Killed Margaret Thatcher by Anthony Cartwright (Tindal Street Press, Profile)
- Black Bread White Beer by Niven Govinden (The Friday Project, Harper Collins)
- The Village by Nikita Lalwani (Viking, Penguin)
- The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon (Fig Tree, Penguin)
- The Heart Broke In by James Meek (Canongate)
- Orkney by Amy Sackville (Granta)
- Secrecy by Rupert Thomson (Granta)
Alongside Louise Doughty as chair, the Fiction Uncovered 2013 judging panel includes Sandeep Mahal, Programme Manager at the Reading Agency, Lynne Hatwell, who blogs at dovegreyreader, and writer Courttia Newland.
Each writer will receive a handmade binding of their book by artist bookbinders Kate Rochester and Kaori Maki, and a Kobo Glo e-reader kindly supplied by Kobo in a new partnership for 2013 and a six month membership at The Union in Soho.
Chair of judges, Louise Doughty comments:
‘It was a great privilege to judge the 2013 Fiction Uncovered promotion and to be reminded just how varied, wide-ranging and fascinating British fiction is at the moment. It was a hard whittling process and there were many excellent titles we weren’t able to include. The eight books we eventually selected range from compelling historical mysteries by Rupert Thomson and Nell Leyshon through contemporary dramas of humour and power by James Meek, Anthony Cartwright, Nikita Lalwani and Niven Govinden to books by Lucy Caldwell and Amy Sackville that challenge the very nature of storytelling. What all these eight authors share is the ability to create a unique voice for their own gripping narrative – each novel here is compulsive in its own individual way and there really is something for everyone on this list.’
Theeight Fiction Uncovered titles will be part of a summer promotion supported by retailers including Foyles, Kobo, iBookstore, Amazon, Waterstones and independent bookstores across the UK. Posters and Fiction Uncovered tote bags are also being made available to retailers, libraries and other literary organisations across the UK.
In a new partnership for 2013, Kobo has kindly supplied eight Kobo Glo ereaders as gifts to the eight selected authors. Kobo will also feature all eight Fiction Uncovered titles on its website and feature the titles in an email newsletter the week of the announcement.
This year Fiction Uncovered is also partnering with Nudge, the new book discovery website and app selling titles on the iBookstore. Nudge will be hosting content relating to all eight titles as well as featuring the promotion as a whole and in the Nudge Weekly e-mail to its 13,000 subscribers.
Fiction Uncovered is also working this year for the first time with NetGalley, where international book reviewers, bloggers, librarians, booksellers and other professional readers can request digital access to a selection of this year’s Fiction Uncovered titles.
The annual bespoke Fiction Uncovered window at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London (by designer Sam Oakley), will run for 2 weeks from 16 May and Foyles will also be promoting the titles on its website. Independent retailers are invited to enter a Fiction Uncovered window competition from 16 May with the winner announced in Independent Booksellers Week.
Fiction Uncovered events will also run during Independent Booksellers Week 2013 (29 June – 6 July) and will include Fiction Uncovered FM at Foyles, the FM and digital pop-up radio station which launched for the first time last year. The FM radio station will feature content around the eight selected titles as well as a much wider range of British and translated fiction. Fiction Uncovered FM 2012 attracted 10,000 listeners over its four day run and included live interviews with Jake Arnott, Stella Duffy, Philip Hensher, Geoff Dyer and David Baddiel.
Each judge has championed two of the shortlisted titles and from 20May the Fiction Uncovered website will feature short films about each of the titles, alongside readings and interviews with the selected authors at http://www.fictionuncovered.co.uk/.
For more information about Fiction Uncovered 2013 please contact Laura Creyke at [email protected]