Rupture wins Betty Trask Award
Rather thrillingly, Rupture was last night given a Betty Trask Award, a prize administered by the Society of Authors for first novels written by an author under the age of 35.
The judging panel described the book as ‘brilliantly, and innovatively, constructed in a series of distinguishable voices . . . a tapestry of sympathy and condemnation in shockingly unequal terms’ – which is incredibly flattering! Previous winners include Sarah Waters, Zadie Smith, Alex Garland, Maggie O’Farrell and the brilliant Jon McGregor (for If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, one of my favourite novels of the past decade).
The judges were Paul Bailey, Frances Fyfield and Shena Mackay – I didn’t get a chance to thank them all personally at the award ceremony last night, so will take the opportunity here. My thanks, too, to the Society of Authors, not only for the award, but also for hosting such an excellent evening. And congratulations to all the other winners, a full list of whom appears here.