Gregson wins RNA novel award

<p>A tale of the last days of the British Raj has won the Romantic Novelists&#39; Association (RNA)&#39;s Romantic Novel of the Year 2009. Julia Gregson&#39;s <em>East of the Sun</em> (Orion) was announced the winner today (10th February) at the RNA&#39;s awards lunch in Kensington. The prize awardds &quot;the best of the year&#39;s novels exploring the deep mysteries of the human heart&quot;.</p><p>The judges were <em>The Bookseller&#39;s</em> book editor Alice O&#39;Keeffe, books editor of <em>Woman &amp; Home</em> Fanny Blake, and Lovereading.co.uk&#39;s Peter Crawshaw.</p><p>O&#39;Keeffe said: &quot;Chairing the judging panel for the Romantic Novel of the Year was great fun. The strength of the shortlist meant every book was a pleasure to read but it did make the final decision very difficult. We are certain that the winner is a novel to cherish.&quot;</p>