Accent Title Short-listed

22 May 2007

Lynne Barrett-Lee's   Barefoot in the Dark   (Accent Press) has been short-listed for the Melissa Nathan Award.

The award-winning independent Welsh publisher, Accent Press, is celebrating this week after one of their authors, Cardiff-based Lynne Barrett-Lee, hit the big time with her novel,  Barefoot in the Dark. The book, which was supported by the Welsh Book Council, has been short-listed for the Inaugural Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance, and will see Lynne pitted against the very best writers of contemporary women’s literature from across the World.

The annual awards will commemorate the life and writing of Melissa Nathan, the much-loved author of  The Nanny and The Waitress, who succumbed to breast cancer in April of last year, aged only 37. Lynne, whose husband Peter is a breast cancer specialist at Velindre Hospital, Cardiff, was both delighted and honoured to be among those short-listed for such an important new literary prize.

‘Being shortlisted for this award is obviously thrilling for me professionally it’s every writer’s dream to have this sort of recognition for their work. But it also means a lot to me personally. Though we are lucky as a family not to have been touched by breast cancer ourselves, I live daily hearing stories of both tragedy and courage, and have seen too many young women fall prey to this horrible disease. What a wonderful way to remember the life of someone who was clearly so brave and so cherished.’

Amongst the judges will be Jessica Hynes from the comedy series  ‘Spaced’, comedian Jo Brand and authors Sophie Kinsella and Joanna Trollope. The ceremony will be held in London on the 13th of June.

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