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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Romantic Novel of the Year shortlist

'Tis the season for the shortlist, apparently. The Romantic Novelists' Association has announced the all-female nominations for their prize, which recognizes excellence in romantic fiction writing.

Bestselling author Cecelia Ahern (daughter of an ex-prime minister) is listed for her "mind blowing" romance based on the unexpected outcome of a blood transfusion, Thanks for the Memories.

Lesley Downer is "thrilled and flattered" at the inclusion of her book, The Last Concubine (which hopefully has nothing to do with Mohammed).

I last listed Julia Gregson's book East of the Sun in the post on Richard and Judy's summer reads.

Susanna Kearsley, Linda Gillard, and Judith Lennox are also on the list. The winner will be announced in London on 10 February.


Laura Essendine said...

I love Judith Lennox's work. I once wrote to her via her publisher after reading The Shadow Child. She sent the most lovely email, guaranteeing a fan for life. My hopes are on her.

Laura Essendine
Author – The Accidental Guru
The Accidental Guru Blog
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Joan Druett said...

Thank you for your comment, Laura. It triggered another post on the same topic, which I hope you enjoy. Good luck with your writing. I shall be looking out for your books.