In some exciting news, UK author, Nathan Filer has won the Costa First Novel Award with the brilliant, Shock of the Fall! The judges for the Costa Book Awards said
“It’s hard to believe this is a first novel – it’s so good it will make you feel a better person.”
It has been described as one of the best books about mental illness.
Past Costa First Novel winners have included Zadie Smith, Tash Aw and DBC Pierre.
The overall winner of the 2013 Costa Book of the Year Award is announced on the 28th of January.
In some sad news we learned today that Ned Vizzini, co-author of our wonderful House of Secrets series, died last Thursday 19th Dec at the age of 32.
Ned started writing stories professionally as a teenager and he published his first book in 2000, when he was 19. His breakthrough novel was, It’s Kind of a Funny Story
was adapted in to a film in 2010 and starred Zack Galifianakis. He co-wrote the new House of Secrets
series with Chris Columbus and 2nd book, House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts
comes out in April 2014. Read more.