The sixth year of the scheme included strong contenders in the fields of comedy adventure, young adult fiction and mystery thriller.
THE BOOK DETECTIVE by Jill Amador
When the past just won’t let go
Book-dealer Ben Segal is beguiled by the mysteriously coded entries of an antiquarian diary. On decrypting its secrets, he discovers that a celebrated Holbein is a fake, and finds himself on a collision course with a vicious gangster who plans to sell the painting and launder the proceeds.
Jill Amador is an ex-city lawyer who now writes full time.
THE FROG DRUM by Paeleen Lao
A boy’s cry for freedom in the jungles of Burma
When the Burma army destroys his village, fifteen-year-old Tooh escapes with his friend Kee into the war-torn jungle. Together, the two boys learn how to trap small animals and forage for roots and leaves. They head towards freedom, but first Tooh must first save his village’s most prized possession.
Paeleen Lao works in Burma.
SUMMERTIME BLUES by Lawrence Singer
Eleven days, nine gigs - one tub of Brylcreem
1950s fanatic Rickie Skinner thinks he’s hit the big time roadie-ing for his favourite rock & roll band’s European tour but when the group's star player turns mod, their promoter turns shyster and their audience turns hostile Rickie is forced to start carrying some responsibility along with those amplifiers.
Lawrence Singer is a London based writer and musician.