Angela Jackson wins Edinburgh First Book Award

Angela Jackson wins Edinburgh First Book Award

Angela Jackson has won the 2013 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award, sponsored by eBooks by Sainsbury's.

Jackson's debut The Emergence of Judy Taylor is published by Constable & Robinson. It follows the life of Judy, who decides to stop taking the path of least resistance and start making choices about her life.

Jackson first read from an early version of her novel at the Edinburgh International Book Festival as part of the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature’s Storyshop readings promoting emerging writers, before securing a publishing deal in 2012.

She said: "My nascent writing career owes an enormous debt to Edinburgh International Book Festival . . . This award is particularly special to me because it’s my first, and it’s from one of my absolute favourite events of the year. I’m extremely grateful to everyone who has bought the book and voted for it, and to the booksellers in Edinburgh and beyond who have championed it. "

The First Book Award encourages the festival audience to vote for their favourite of the debut fiction featured in the festival programme each year.