The Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize 2013 was launched in November 2012 with the aim of unearthing exciting and original fiction from debut unrepresented novelists.
The panel of judges for the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize 2013 consist of Sophie Lambert, Literary Agent at Conville & Walsh, James Pusey, Rights Consultant at Tibor Jones & Associates and Independent Booksellers Jasper Sutcliffe, Senior Buyer at Foyles, Roy Butlin of Herne Hill & Clapham Books and author Evie Wyld of Review Bookshop in Peckham Rye.
The inaugural Pageturner Prize was launched in 2011 and received an extraordinary response with over 400 manuscripts submitted and culminated in Gabriel Gbadamosi being announced winner for his wonderfully evocative novel Vauxhall, which was published by Telegram Books on 6th May 2013.
“Only a poet could have written Vauxhall…clean, swift and with flashes of lightning.”
- Bonnie Greer
Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall – the runner-up in 2011 – is another hotly anticipated debut, and will be published by Harper Fiction 23rd May 2013.
“The Shock of the Fall is a stunning novel. Ambitious and exquisitely realised…It’s clearly the work of a major new talent.”
- S.J Watson
The 2013 Pageturner Prize was publicised largely through word of mouth and a social marketing campaign via Facebook and Twitter and there was an amazing response with over 200 entries across all genres from YA to literary fiction. After much sifting an eclectic long-list was drawn up and after much agonising discussion by the judges was whittled down to a short-list of five.
GIMCRACK PRINCES by Christian Livermore
Is the story of community outcast Nob Lafontaine, who is wrongly arrested for the murder of his wife, Winnie. The novel explores whether there is such a thing as a family curse or whether through our choices we create our own bad luck, and the extent to which the downfall of one man is really the fault of the entire community.
THE FAIR FIGHT by Anna Freeman
A thrilling historical novel set around the lives of bare-knuckle prize-fighters and their patrons, in Bristol in the 1800s.
YOU MUST BE CHARLIE’S BROTHER by Krishan Coupland
You Must be Charlie’s Brother is a young adult novel following Nicky, a young facially-disfigured boy as he tries to lose his virginity and step out of the shadow of his sister, Charlie.
LEMON INK OVER FLAME by Francesca Armour-Chelu
Being new to the area, eight year old Isabella is grateful when nine-year old Jean wants to be her friend, because although Jean is ‘slow’ she is loyal and kind. But Jean’s simple devovtion isn’t enough for Isabella and she sets in motion at train of events which will eventually ruin Jean’s Life.
BURNT ISLAND by Sally Campbell
Both a mystery and a love story Burnt Island is a passionate and honest account of life on a psychiatric ward. As life gets madder, a look at madness can be uplifting and illuminating.
The winner of the prize is to be announced June 2013 and will receive a prize of £1,000.
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