Two titles from independent publisher Myriad Editions have been shortlisted for the 2016 Authors Club Best First Novel Award, joining titles from fellow indies Salt and Bloomsbury Circus.
The Myriad books are The Last Pilot, the story of one man’s courage in the face of “unthinkable loss” by Benjamin Johncock and Belonging, an “epic of love, loss and homeland” by Umi Sinha.
The Good Son, a “funny, frightening and ultimately moving story” by Paul McVeigh (Salt) and The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury Circus), which blends historical events with “dazzling flights of fancy”, are the two other titles by indies shortlisted for the prize.
Lindsay Hawdon’s “heartbreaking and tender” novel Jakob’s Colours (Hodder) and a gothic horror novel by Catriona Ward titled Rawblood (Weidenfeld) complete the shortlist.
The winner will be chosen by guest judge and former Best First Novel Award winner Anthony Quinn and announced on 7th June.