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Costa Book Awards: Susanna Clarke Nominated For Second Novel After 16-Year Wait

Wednesday 2 December 2020

 

From UK newspaper The Guardian:

 

Susanna Clarke
Susanna Clarke.
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Costa book awards: Susanna Clarke nominated for second novel after 16-year wait

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell author picked for Piranesi, alongside Denise Mina, Julian Barnes and the late Eavan Boland, in prizes for ‘enjoyable’ books

By Alison Flood
Wednesday 25 November 2020
© 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.

Sixteen years after she published her debut, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke has made the shortlist for the Costa book awards for her second novel, the long-awaited Piranesi.

The Costas recognise the “most enjoyable” books across five categories, with 708 books submitted this year. Piranesi, the fantastical story of a man who lives in a house in which an ocean is imprisoned, was described by the judges of the £5,000 Costa best novel award as “magnificently imagined”. Clarke, who was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome after publication of the bestselling fantasy Jonathan Strange, said she was “so pleased” to make the Costa lineup.

“It’s a book that I really didn’t know whether I could write or not. There were, I suppose, a lot of things against it, against the likelihood of it ever being written – after such a long illness, I really didn’t know whether I could do this,” she said. “And when I had written it, it seemed like such a strange and personal book I wasn’t quite sure what I’d written. So for it to be recognised is particularly special, particularly wonderful.”

 

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