Roffey's Peepal Tree tale wins Costa Book of the Year

Roffey's Peepal Tree tale wins Costa Book of the Year

Monique Roffey has won the £30,000 Costa Book of the Year award for her “utterly original” sixth novel, The Mermaid of Black Conch: A Love Story, published by independent Peepal Tree Press.

Roffey was named this year's winner at a virtual awards ceremony on 26th January hosted by broadcaster Penny Smith.

The award is both a triumph for Roffey, who saw the novel turned down by the big publishers and who crowdfunded a PR campaign for her book, as well as for Leeds-based Peepal Tree, whose founder Jeremy Poynting said the firm has now ordered another 20,000 copies to be printed.

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