October 26, 2021

Literature Journal

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Waverton Good Read Award

The Waverton Good Read Award was founded in 2003 by villagers in Waverton, Cheshire, England, and is based on Le Prix de la Cadière d’Azur, a literary prize awarded by a Provençal village. Adult debut novels written by UK residents and published in the previous twelve months are eligible for consideration and are read by villagers. “The aim was not only to stimulate reading in the village but to provide encouragement to British writers”. Two of the main founders were Gwen Goodhew (b 21 October 1942) an educational specialist who established Wirral Able Child Centre and has written and edited books on teaching the gifted child, and Wendy Smedley. It is the first British award to be judged by normal readers rather than literary figures.Template:Fact

Waverton Good Read Children’s Award was first presented in 2011, for children’s literature.

Winners and shortlists
Year Winner Shortlisted
2003/4 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Astonishing Splashes of Colour, by Clare Morrall
Brick Lane, by Monica Ali
Dissolution, by C. J. Sansom
Spit Against the Wind, by Anna Smith
2004/5 Boy A, by Jonathan Trigell
At Risk, by Stella Rimington
Betrayal in Naples, by Neil Griffiths
Perception of Death, by Louise Anderson
The Two Pound Tram, by William Newton
2005/6 A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, by Marina Lewycka
The Family Tree, by Carole Cadwalladr
Emotional Geology, by Linda Gillard
The Water Horse, by Julia Gregson
This Thing of Darkness, by Harry Thompson
2006/7 The Killing Jar, by Nicola Monaghan
Gang of Four, by Liz Byrski
Where They Were Missed, by Lucy Caldwell
The Observations, by Jane Harris
Mr. Clarinet, by Nick Stone
2007/8 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, by Paul Torday
Gifted, by Nikita Lalwani
In the Woods by Tana French
Mosquito by Roma Tearne
The Dead of Summer by Camilla Way
The Solitude of Thomas Cave by Georgina Harding
2008/9 Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
A Girl Made of Dust, by Natalie Abi-Ezi
The Outcast by Sadie Jones
Spider by Michael Morley
2009/10 The Ghosts of Eden by Andrew Sharp
Girl in a Blue Dress, by Gaynor Arnold
The Coroner by M R Hall
The Street Philosopher by Matthew Pamplin
The Rescue Man by Anthony Quinn
2010/11 Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson
The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell
The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller
Luke and Jon by Robert Williams
2011/12 Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson
A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson
Sister by Rosamund Lupton
Snowdrops by A D Miller
2012/13 The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Rhumba by Elaine Proctor
The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood
The House on Paradise Street by Sofka Zinovieff
2013/14 The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
What the River Washed Away by Muriel M Macleod
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
2014/15 If I Should Die by Matthew Frank
A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
Wake by Anna Hope
Daughter by Jane Shemilt
After Before by Jemma Wayne
2015/16 The Death’s Head Chess Club by John Donoghue
Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Burnt Paper Sky by Gilly Macmillan
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
Waverton Good Read Children’s Award
In 2011, the inaugural Waverton Good Read Children’s Award was presented.

2011 Stephanie Burgis, A Most Improper Magick
2012 Caroline Green, Dark Ride
2013 L A Jones, The Nightmare Factory
2014 Erika McGann, The Demon Notebook
2015 Simon Mayle, Shoutykid – How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-amazing Zombie Movie
2016 Kerr Thomson, The Sound of Whales