Bookseller Rising Star 2014 Kerry Hudson has won French literary prize, the Prix Femina Etranger 2015, for her second novel, Thirst (Chatto & Windus).
Thirst, a contemporary “heart-breaking romance”, set in modern-day East London and rural Russia, is published by Chatto and has been translated into French (Editions Philippe Rey) and Italian (Minimum Fax).
The prize was announced at an awards ceremony yesterday (4th November) in Paris. Judged each year by an all-female jury, Hudson joins previous winners who include Edward Saint Aubyn, Joyce Carol Oates, Ian McEwan, Amos Oz and J. M. Coetzee.
In the UK the title was chosen by WH Smith to be part of its ‘Fresh Talent’ promotion running this autumn and has been reviewed by the Observer as a “tender, off-kilter love story”, one which paints “a vivid picture of two very different kinds of misfit, falling in love over one dusty, teeming London summer”.
Aberdeen-born Hudson is the winner of the Scottish First Book Award 2013 for her first novel Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma (Vintage). She was also chosen as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars 2014 for her work on the WoMentoring Project that she founded after reading reports of women writers being paid and reviewed less than their male counterparts. It provides mentors to promising women authors. She was formerly a British Council writer in residence in South Korea.
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