John Murray prize-winning debut authors to tour Waterstones

John Murray prize-winning debut authors to tour Waterstones

John Murray is taking three of its "most exciting and lauded" debut writers, Andrew Michael Hurley (pictured), Lisa McInerney and Jessie Greengrass, on a nationwide tour of Waterstones bookshops in Bath, Liverpool and London this September.

The three authors between them have recently racked up a number of prestigious literary prizes, including the Baileys Prize 2016, the Costa First Book Award 2015, the Best British Book Award 2015, the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016 and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2016.

Hurley's prizewinning gothic debut The Loney won the Costa First Book Award and then Book of the Year at The British Book Industry Awards last year, in addition to a film deal and high praise from Stephen King. It was initially published by a small Yorkshire publishing house Tartarus Press before John Murray’s editorial director Mark Richards snapped it up and thrust it into the limelight. 

Irish author McInerney's debut, The Glorious Heresies, took the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction followed swiftly by the Desmond Elliott Prize, just two weeks later, when the judges said "electricity" ran through her prose.

Greengrass' short story collection, called An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk According to One Who Saw It "about those who are lonely, or estranged, or out of time" won the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2016 last month.


Together on the "John Murray Prize Winners: Discover a Future Classic" tour they will talk about their "future classics" and answer questions from the audience at Waterstones bookshops in Bath on Monday 26th September, in Liverpool on Tuesday 27th September, and in London Tottenham Court Road on Thursday 29th September. Attendees will also have the opportunity at the events to have their books signed.

Ticket prices to attend "John Murray Prize Winners: Discover a Future Classic" range between £3 and £5 depending on location.