The eight titles for the third annual Fiction Uncovered promotion were selected by a judging panel chaired by novelist Louise Doughty. The 2013 judging panel included Sandeep Mahal, Programme Manager at the Reading Agency, Lynne Hatwell, aka influential blogger dovegreyreader, and writer Courttia Newland.
Chair of Judges 2013
Louise Doughty is the author of six novels, most recently Whatever You Love, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has won awards for radio drama and short stories, along with publishing one work of non-fiction, A Novel in a Year, based on her hugely popular newspaper column. She is a critic and cultural commentator for UK and international newspapers and broadcasts regularly for the BBC. She has judged many literary awards over the years, particularly those for new and emerging writers such as the Asham Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. She has previously chaired two judging panels, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Orange Award for New Writers and was a judge for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Her new novel, Apple Tree Yard, will be published by Faber & Faber in June 2013.
Further Reading: Louise Doughty
Louise Doughty photographed by Charlie Hopkinson © 2005.
Judging Panel 2013:
Lynne Hatwell has worked as a health visitor for thirty five years and in that time also gained a degree in English Literature from the Open University. She has been writing her literary blog dovegreyreader scribbles for the last six years from her home in the Tamar Valley in Devon attracting a worldwide audience of readers who share her lifelong passion and enthusiasm for books whilst exploring a wide range of reading tastes. Lynne is a regular contributor to The Reader magazine and also brings the blog to life each year with author interviews in the dovegreyreader tent at Port Eliot Festival, as well as speaking at other literary events around the country.
Further Reading: Dove Grey Reader
Sandeep leads The Reading Agency’s partnership work to link publishers and libraries up better. Reading Partners was set up in 2004 with 5 publishers. Today, the scheme is hugely flourishing with 40 publishers now involved and is part of a bigger drive to turn libraries into social, community hubs for reading. Always seeking to widen The Reading Agency’s partnership net to spread reading, Sandeep is interested in working with anyone passionate about building new audiences for reading and stronger library partnerships. In 2006, she was chosen as one of the top 10 Young Librarians of the Future, named Events Manager of the Year at the Publisher’s Publicity Circle awards and The Bookseller’s ‘Rising Star’ in 2012.
Further Reading: The Reading Agency
Courttia Newland’s first novel, The Scholar, was published in 1997. Further critically acclaimed work includes Society Within (1999) and Snakeskin (2002), The Dying Wish (2006), Music for the Off-Key (2006), and A Book of Blues (2011). He is co-editor of IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain (2000) and has short stories featured in many anthologies. His career has encompassed both screen and playwriting; plays include B is for Black, and an adaptation of Euripedes Women of Troy. He was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, the Alfred Fagon Award, the Frank O’ Conner Award and The Edge Hill Prize 2012. His latest anthology, co-edited with Monique Roffey, is Tell Tales 4: The Global Village (2009). A forthcoming novel, The Gospel According to Cane, will be published by Akashic Books in February 2013.
Further Reading: Courttia Newland
The eight Fiction Uncovered titles will be announced in May 2013. Publishers interested in submitting titles for this promotion can download the Rules and Eligibility and Submissions forms which are now available here.
Find out more about last year’s selected titles and judging panel on our Fiction Uncovered 2012 page.