“I am still a bit green around the gills but much cheered by having won the Branford Boase Award 2007 for A Swift Pure Cry. It is an award to recognise a debut novel for children/young adults and the author receives £1,000 and the author and person who edited the book both receive a hand-crafted wooden box. It was wonderful! A Swift Pure Cry would need the most generous of interpretations to classify as a crime novel – although there is a crime in it ...”‘Generous Interpretations’ is our middle name, Siobhan. Actually, we’re thinking of suing our parents. Anyone have any advice?
“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
“Honestly, It Was Nice Just To Be Nom … What’s That? I Won? Take THAT, Peons!”
Poor Siobhan Dowd (right, with her editor David Fickling, righter) was feeling a little poorly in the wake of her launch for The London Eye Mystery (absolutely nothing to do with one glass of frizzy too many, we hasten to add), and we were feeling quite sorry for her – but lo! She’s back! With an award thingamabob! Quoth Siobhan: