Fifth time lucky for Raisin

<p>Penguin author Ross Raisin has won the<em> Sunday Times </em>Young Writer of the Year Award 2009 for his first novel, <em>God&rsquo;s Own Country.<br /></em><br />He had already been nominated for the Author&rsquo;s Club First Novel award, the <em>Guardian</em> First Book Award, John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and Portico Prize.<br /><br />Raisin received the &pound;3,500 prize from John Witherow, editor of the <em>Sunday Times </em>yesterday (5th April) at a special lunch. The runners up, who each received &pound;500, were last year&rsquo;s winner Adam Foulds for <em>The Broken Word</em> (Cape) and Edward Hogan for <em>Blackmoor</em> (Pocket).<br /><br />Previous winners of the prizee include Helen Simpson, Simon Armitage, Zadie Smith and Sarah Waters.</p>