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Simon Sylvester Wins Not the Booker Prize

Conville & Walsh Literary Agency are delighted to announce that Simon Sylvester has won the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize with his first novel The Visitors.

The Not the Booker Prize was started four years ago as a tongue-in-cheek discussion about the best books out in the previous year that hadn’t been named on the official Man Booker Prize list, and it has since become a great forum for the discussion of new writing each autumn. Using a hybrid voting system, partly by the public, and partly by a panel of judges, Simon’s book was named the winner at the end of a live judging process, which you can watch above.

Nobody moves to the remote Scottish island of Bancree, and few leave – but leaving is exactly what seventeen year old Flo intends to do. So when a mysterious man and his daughter move into isolated Dog Cottage, Flo is curious. Who would willingly choose to live in such solitude? The man’s brooding handsomeness is extraordinary; and there’s something unusual about his daughter Selina that Flo cannot help but be drawn towards.

image But people aren’t only arriving on Bancree, they are disappearing too. Reports of missing islanders fill the press, and when a body washes ashore, suspicion turns to the strange new outsiders.

Convinced of their innocence, Flo is fiercely determined to protect her friend. Could the answer to the disappearances, and to the overwhelming pull of her own heart, lie out there, beyond the waves?

If you’d like to read the book, you can buy a copy at your local book shop.

13 Oct 2014