Christopher steals Branford Boase

Christopher steals Branford Boase

<p>Lucy Christopher has won this year&#39;s Branford Boase Award for her novel <em>Stolen</em>, published by Chicken House. The award recognised d&eacute;but writers and their editors and is supported by former children&#39;s laureate Jacqueline Wilson.</p><p>Christopher, who teaches part time on the creative writing MA at Bath University, said: &quot;It is such an important award because it gives new writers a boost early in their career. It is also special because you can only win it once.&quot;</p><p>In <em>Stolen,</em> 16-year-old Gemma relives her kidnapping from Bangkok airport while on holiday. She is taken to the desolate Australian Outback and <em>Stolen </em>is written as a letter to her captor. The book was edited by Imogen Cooper.</p><p>Christopher wrote <em>Stolen </em>as part of her PhD on how Australian literature represents wild places. She said: &quot;I always wanted to write about Australia because one of the biggest things that affected me was moving to Australia when I was 10. There was a big nature reserve behind our house that I used to explore, which was exciting but also scary.&quot; </p><p>Christopher&#39;s second book, <em>Fly Away</em>, has already been published by Chicken House, and she is currently writing a thriller for YA readers. Chicken House has now won the award three times.</p><p class="style72"><strong>The other titles on the 2010 shortlist were</strong></p><p class="style66"><em><span class="style64">Devil&rsquo;s Kiss</span></em> by Sarwat Chadda, edited by Lindsey Heaven (Puffin)</p><p class="style3"><em><span class="style64">Life, Interrupted</span> </em>by Damian Kelleher, edited by Anne Clark (Piccadilly Press)</p><p class="style3"><em><span class="style64">Guantanamo Boy</span></em> by Anna Perera, edited by Shannon Park (Puffin)</p><p class="style3"><em><span class="style64">Big and Clever</span></em> by Dan Tunstall, edited by Ross Bradshaw (Five Leaves)</p><p class="style3"><em><span class="style64">Numbers</span> </em>by Rachel Ward, edited by Imogen Copper (Chicken House)</p><p class="style3"><em><span class="style64">Paradise Barn</span></em> by Victor Watson, edited by Leonie Pratt (Catnip)<br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>