The debut novel Infinite Sky from BA(Hons) English with Media Studies graduate CJ Flood has won the highly coveted Branford Boase Award. CJ shares the award with her editor Venetia Gosling of Simon & Schuster.
CJ comments, "I'm so delighted that people seem to be enjoying Infinite Sky and am utterly thrilled to have won the Branford Boase Award. Many of my favourite writers have won it in the past and I am honoured to be listed alongside them."
Described by the Telegraph's Martin Chilton as, "a thought-provoking and moving tale" and by the Guardian as, "a story assured enough and tough enough to be itself", Infinite Sky paints a modern image of love.
Out now in paperback and hardback, it tells the story of a summer that changes one girl's life; a tale of abandonment, friendship, and conflict set in a rural English village. Recently released in Germany and the States, Infinite Sky won the James Reckitt Hull Children's Book Award, was longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, named Children's Book of the Week by the Times and was shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award.
Head of English & Writing at Falmouth, Nigel Kingcome comments, "We wish CJ many congratulations on collecting such a prestigious award. She demonstrated great talent at Falmouth and we're thrilled to see it recognised on such a well-regarded platform. I'm thoroughly looking forward to her next book."
This marks the 15th year for the Branford Boase Award which celebrates outstanding new talent and the editors who encourage it. Previous winners and shortlisted writers include Marcus Sedgwick, Philip Reeve, William Nicholson and Annabel Pitcher.
Chaired by the Guardian children's book editor Julia Eccleshare, this year's judging panel included Bookstart founder Wendy Cooling; Tamara Macfarlane, author and owner of Tales on Moon Lane bookshop; Alec Williams, former librarian now a storyteller and consultant; and Dave Shelton, author of A Boy and A Bear in a Boat, winner of last year's award.
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