An author from Radlett said she is delighted and surprised after her debut novel was shortlisted for a cross genre award.
The Pinocchio Brief by Abi Silver was shortlisted from 74 cross genre books published in 12 months from September 1 2016 to August 31 2017 by British debut authors for the Waverton Good Read Award.
The Pinocchio Brief A 15-year-old schoolboy is accused of the murder of one of his teachers. His lawyers seek the truth, revealing uncomfortable secrets about the teacher and the school. A new lie-detecting device, nicknamed Pinocchio, will be used during the trial.
The award is voted for by the people of Waverton, a village of 2000 people just outside Chester and was established in 2003.
In its first year, Waverton villagers read 63 books and in chose their first winner – Mark Haddon for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night. This award dinner is now a regular feature of the Chester Literature Festival every October.
The winner is due to be announced at the end of June. If she wins, Abi will receive a prize of £1,000 – but she stressed that is not her motivation for entering.
She said: “It’s a nice prize in the context of the book award world – it’s not being judged by critics but by readers. The award was set up to support new British writers and to encourage people in village to read. The big awards are judged by critics but within the book community for debut authors it is a well-known award.”
Abi’s second book The Aladdin Trial is due to be published on June 28