Over the last few weeks I have been both honoured and delighted to be part of the shadow judging panel for The Comedy Women In Fiction Prize with some remarkable and passionate fellow book bloggers.
Last week we met up on line to choose our winner and runner up, it was a wonderful experience to be part of and to be able to listen to the views of the other bloggers. The discussion was passionate and full of bookish love.
After much consideration we choose our favourites from the seven short listed books. It was close and a difficult decision, but we ultimately decided that our shadow panel winner was The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbie Waxman.
Our much commended runner up was the wonderful The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary.
My congratulations to the authors. Both were up there as possible winners of the title and we talked long and hard deciding which should win. Both deserved it and I would recommend to all that will listen that reading them was a a joy and a pleasure.
Congratulations in fact to all the short listed authors, I enjoyed all your books for various different reasons and will shout out about them on my blog for the rest of the year.
My thanks to my fellow judges Clare at Years Of Reading Selfishly, Janet at From First Page to Last, Stacey at Whisperingstories and Danielle at The Reading Closet for making taking part such a amazing experience. You are all incredible book bloggers.
My thanks also to Kathryn Eastman at Nut press for inviting me onto the shadow judging panel, for all her the support and encouragement as well as the equally lovely Maureen Stapleton.
Special thanks also to the founder of this amazing prize Helen Lederer which celebrates women comedy writers, for setting this amazing prize up and trusting us to be a part of her celebrations.
A little plea for help, it’s a difficult time for everyone at the moment, but if you can, please consider making a donation to keep this amazing prize which promotes women, comedy and literature going in the years to come ~ Comedy Women in Print Prize just giving page.