Conville & Walsh are delighted to announce Lucy Geering as the winner of our inaugural Word of Mouth Prize for an unpublished manuscript with her extraordinary novel PALUS.
After receiving over 1,000 submissions – all of which were read by the agents of Conville & Walsh – PALUS was chosen as the overall winner of the £1,000 Word of Mouth Prize.
PALUS is an exceptional debut – unique, graceful and utterly captivating. Set on a salt marsh on the east coast of England, PALUS tells the story of Jude, a young woman trying to reconnect with the world after the loss of her mother. But when her estranged aunt appears on the scene and looks to have eyes for her grieving father, Jude begins to suspect her aunt might have played a part in her mother’s death. Will Jude discover the truth? And if she does, will she wish that she hadn’t? Exploring the fracture of family and the misplacement of desire, PALUS exposes the ways in which the land we live in can both destroy and deliver us.
We were overwhelmed by the number of outstanding submissions that we received, and would especially like to congratulate Star Spider, whose brilliant YA novel PAST TENSE has been selected as runner-up. A big hand, too, to THE BLAZES by Swithun Cooper and THE CHILL MARK by Justine Taylor, whose wonderful novels were both strong contenders and were shortlisted for the prize.
We’ll be posting the full story of how we came to choose Lucy as our winner shortly, so watch this space for more details…
15 Apr 2015