The Essex Life Book Club
PUBLISHED: 09:56 10 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:56 10 November 2015
Jane Lambert takes a look at the latest news and reviews from the local literary world
Harwich author wins literature prize
The New Angle Prize for Literature is a biennial award that rewards a book set or influenced by the region of East Anglia with a prize of £2,500. Running since 2009, the prize has previously been awarded to Mark Cocker’s Crow Country, Jim Kelly’s Watch and This Luminous Coast by Jules Pretty.
This year’s prize, announced in early September, was awarded to Kate Worsley for her debut novel, She Rises. Set in 18th century Harwich, it tells the story of a young dairymaid in the mid-18th century and evokes a strong sense of the maritime town in North Essex.
The judging panel, made up of Carol B undock, Katie Ward, and Jules Pretty, considered She Rises to be, ‘an extremely special book, written in warm, elegant prose by an author with a deep connection to our region’. Kate was born in Preston and studied in London, but now lives on the Essex coast and has managed to imbue her novel with a deep sense of place.
The judges considered this a vintage year for The New Angle Prize, which is organised by the Ipswich Institute and sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors and Scrutton Bland accountants. Worsley beat off competition from other shortlisted books including Claxton by Mark Cocker, Mr Mac and Me by Esther Freud, Jason Hewitt’s Dynamite Room and Two Turtle Doves by Alex Monroe to win the prize. The runner up was announced as The Time and the Sea by Ronald Blythe.
My Little Brother, My Little Life by Dee H. Gordon
Dee Gordon is a writer from Southend. She has written many non-fiction books about the local area and the local people of Essex.
My Little Brother, My Little Life is an emotional novel that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Written from the first-person perspective of Linda, the protagonist, the reader is invited into a life that has been affected profoundly by the abandonment of her mother at a young age and her younger brother’s autism. Dee draws the reader in to Linda’s life, showing that no relationship is ever simple and exploring feelings of guilt, and love (both romantic and familial).
This book has been written by someone with a deep and true understanding of what it means to live with autism, and will prove an important read for anyone in a similar situation.
Publisher: GWL Publishing
Release Date: August 2015