The East Midlands Book Awards (EMBA) celebrates some of the best of the region’s writing, with books ranging from novels to poetry, history to crime thrillers and short stories to children’s books. And this year’s shortlist is no exception. The list, judged by Laura Malpas, Visitor Operations Manager at the National Trust’s Canons Ashby, and poet Kathryn Daszkiewicz, has poetry, fiction, forensic science, short stories and a picture book.
Celebrated novelist Anne Zouroudi is the chair of the judges, and will join Laura and Kathryn to decide the winner of the Best Book published by a writer in the East Midlands in 2013. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on 15th May 2014 at the prestigious National Trust owned Cannons Ashby, ancestral home of Henry Dryden. The prize is £1000.
The shortlist for 2014 comprises:
- Steven Dunne, The Unquiet Grave, Headline, (Derbyshire)
- Nigel McCrery, Silent Witnesses, Random House (Nottinghamshire)
- Alison McQueen, Under the Jewelled Sky, Orion Books, (Northants)
- Alison Moore, The Pre-war House, Salt (Leicestershire-Nottinghamshire border)
- Helen Mort, Division Street, Chatto, (Derbyshire)
- Amber Stewart and Layn Marlow, Too small for my Big Bed , OUP (Northants)
- Kerry Young, Gloria, Bloomsbury, (Leicestershire)