Wales Book of the Year Short List

20 May 2011

Literature Wales announced the six titles on the The 2011 Wales Book of the Year Short List at two simultaneous events held at Galeri, Caernarfon and the Espresso Bar at John Lewis, Cardiff on Thursday 19 May 2011.

Wales Book of the Year Short List
The Short List this year consists of a poetry collection based on the paintings of Frida Kahlo, a travel book which explores the Inca Trail and a far-future sci-fi novel, all chosen by judges Francesca Rhydderch (Chair), Deborah Kay Davies, and Jon Gower.

The titles on the 2011 Short List are:  What the Water Gave Me  by Pascale Petit (Seren, 2010);  Cloud Road   by John Harrison (Parthian 2010);  Terminal World  by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz, 2010). The three titles on the Welsh-language short list were also announced.

The three titles on the Welsh-language short list are:  Caersaint   by Angharad Price (Y Lolfa),   Lladd Duw   by Dewi Prysor (Y Lolfa),  Bydoedd  by Ned Thomas (Y Lolfa).

Francesca Rhydderch, Chair of the English judges' panel said:  "Whittling the Long List down from ten to a Short List of three was no easy task. Each of the ten books on the Long List was wonderful and unique, in our opinion. In the end, though, the three titles that made it to the Short List claimed their place there because they were pitch perfect from start to finish: their authors exerted an artistic control over their work (in three very different genres) that was supremely impressive."

Peter Finch Chief Executive of Literature Wales commented: "The Wales Book of the Year Award once again picks the best we have. Six books in contention and every one a must read. Start now."

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