And more good news just in. USA Amazon have named Afterwards as a best book of 2012. Congratulations once again Rosamund on this fabulous news!
Here’s what they had to say . . .
The uncommon but convincing narrative technique, adroit twists, and memorable characters combine to provide a wise and poignant portrait of a family confronted with malice and heart-breaking decisions.
We couldn’t be more thrilled – congratulations Rosamund!
Sister by Rosamund Lupton has been crowned Best First Novel at the 2011 Strand Magazine Critics Awards. Recognizing excellence in mystery fiction, the Critics Awards were judged by a select group of book critics and journalists, from news venues such as USA Today, the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune.
The Awards were announced at an invitation-only cocktail party, hosted by The Strand on July 11 2012, in New York City.
Rosamund said: “Strand Magazine has such an impressive history and I am honoured that Sister was chosen for this award. It means a great deal to be selected by judges who understand and love books and from such an impressive list of fellow novelists.”
The Strand Critics Award for Best Novel was awarded jointly to Joseph Finder and George Pelecanos, and Joseph Wambaugh and John Sandford were presented Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Later, as a struggling writer, borrowing books was the only way to feed a voracious reading habit. So it’s wonderful now – and a little unreal – when my books are borrowed from libraries. Many libraries have chosen ‘Sister’ or ‘Afterwards’ as their book club choice which has made me tremendously proud. I’d like to particularly thank the following libraries and librarians for their support both in the UK and in the USA, either by their staff picking and reviewing the books, or for making Sister or Afterwards a book club choice.
Special thanks to…
University Library Loughbourough
Porthcawl Library reading group
New Malden and Old Malden libraries
Perth and Kinross libraries
Salt Lake County Library
Warren Public Library – USA
Kearney Public Library, Arizona
Mission Library – Tucson
Mandel Public Library – West Palm Beach
INgleby Barwick Library
Jones Lbrary – Massachusetts
Warwickshire College Library
The Fairbanks Library Bookclub
Columbus Metropolitan Library (info from the Columbus Dispatch)
In the UK authors are calling for ‘a library in every school’ legislation. Surely every child should be able to leave where he or she is from – wherever that might be – and have the same open door into the world of books.
Afterwards has been highly recommended by the New York Public Library in an illustrious list. Click here for more details.
As part of the series of events celebrating the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction, Rosamund took part in an exclusive event 'How To Get Your First Novel Published' at London's South Bank Centre.
In conjunction with Grazia Magazine, Rosamund was in conversation with Orange Prize co-founder & novelist Kate Mosse. As one of the judges of the Grazia/Orange First Chapter Competition she discussed her creative inspiration and her experiences as the bestselling author of Sister & Afterwards.
They were then joined by agent Felicity Blunt of Curtis Brown & Candida Lacey, MD of independent publisher Myriad Editions, for an interactive 'Writer's Clinic' in a session on how to get your first novel published.
Rosamund Lupton has written the opening paragraph of a new story for Grazia's competition, who are looking for the next star female writer. Teaming up with the Orange Prize for Fiction for the second year running, Grazia are asking entrants to complete the first chapter of the story, titled The Journey in 800-1,000 words.
Rosamund will be appearing on the judging panel to help select the winning first chapter, along with Lauren Laverne, Kate Mosse, Hattie Brett, Scarlett Russell and Victoria Harper.
Rosamund will also be taking part in an exclusive event, 'How to get your first novel published' on 28 May at London’s Southbank Centre (www.southbankcentre.co.uk) where she will be joined by fellow best-selling author Kate Mosse, Lauren Laverne and leading literary agents and editors.
For more information and to read the opening chapter, please visit the Grazia website.
Afterwards is published in hardback in the USA on 24th April and the reception so far has been amazing.
– Publishers Weekly
– Library Journal,
– The Seattle Times
An Amazon editor's choice for April
"A bold, impossible-to-categorize, and riveting blend of psychological suspense, literary thriller and the paranormal…How Lupton pulls this off, making it believable even to this skeptical reviewer, is a wonder.Like the author's remarkable debut, "Sister," a major subtext here is the all-powerful tug of family bonds. "Afterwards" proves that Lupton isn't just good — she's wickedly good." The Seattle Times
“Superb… The uncommon but convincing narrative technique, adroit twists, and memorable characters combine to provide a wise and poignant portrait of a family confronted with malice and heartbreaking decisions’ Publishers Weekly, USA, starred and boxed review
"…a taut and sinewy narrative…masterful pacing and a highly charged atmosphere…a stellar sophomore effort.' Booklist starred review
'A wonderful mix of smart thriller with tear-provoking literature.. Lupton has written a riveting story that will resonate with readers long after they have turned the last page' Library Journal USA, starred review"An intricately plotted combination of thriller, speculative fiction and mother-daughter celebration..the rich emotional topography is the most spell-binding feature in 'Afterwards' – Shelf Awareness