The Australian novelist Jock Serong bagged the Staunch prize with On the Java Ridge. It tells the story of a group of surfers who try to rescue a refugee boat caught up in a storm off the Indonesian coast. Staunch Prize founder Bridget Lawless praised the book author for putting a topic of concern (the Australian's refugee policy) in the spotlight with "vivid descriptions, raw compassion and expert control of his material". Creating a thriller "in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered", made Serong eligible to win the £2,000 award. During the ceremony, Lawless said: “This is exactly the quality of thriller that Staunch set out to find, and we’re proud to name it as our winner. https://twitter.com/Staunch2018/status/1067174415207735297
The shortlist has been announced, the venue is booked and we are only a few days away until the winner will be revealed. Bridget Lawless, founder of the Staunch Book Prize, sat down with the Voice of London and gave a 360 overview on the latest award that rejects violence against women. Here you will not read about any woman beaten up, murdered nor abused. Listen to the interview to know how Bridget Lawless planned to challenge authors in 2018. Out of frustration with the numerous books, films and TV programs awarded for their spine-chilling plots feasting on the serious issue of violence against women, the screenwriter and author Bridget Lawless designed the Staunch Book Prize. She wanted to keep the conversation going in the spirit of the #Metoo movement, first sta...
Even wondered what London looked like ten, twenty, fifty years ago? You might find the answer in words, rather than pictures... You know that a city is great – that it’s got life, histories and stories – when there are lots of books about it. Not just about it, but about the people who live in this said city, who walk its streets, go in and out of its buildings, drink coffees and teas in its cafes, work, love, fight, suffer. Readers learn to love the city as much as they love the characters; they feel like they’re there, in the book, with them. I’ve often wondered if London is still the same city that so many novels talk about, so I decided to have a walk and go find out. I took my favourite books set in London, and I went to see what had changed. Nick Hornby – A long way down Nick
Ready to face the scariest time of the year? Then snuggle up in a warm blanket, get your cup of tea and buy yourself a night lamp.We’ve conjured up 5 of the eeriest reads this October to make your Halloween spookier than any other and impossible for you to sleep with the lights off. Enjoy and stay spooky… Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King What better time to read a Stephen King novel than now? With 'IT' hitting your screens just last months, we've decided to recommend you a brand new King newest release. Without giving any spoilers, their novel follows a married couple, Clint and Lila Norcross, living in a tiny, poor Appalachian town in West Virginia. Clint is a psychiatrist at the local women’s prison and Lila is the town sheriff. Sudden outbreak occurs, whe