The Bath Novel Award 2015

2015 Judge: Mildred Yuan of United Agents




“RAINBIRDS is a deeply thoughtful book that follows Ren as he grieves for his sister, Keiko, who was suddenly murdered in the prime of her life.  Evocative and beautifully written, Clarissa explores how we sometimes only think to get to know a loved one when they are dead and gone. This novel is my winner for its unmatched combination of a lightness of style combined with a compelling story” – 2015 Judge, Mildred Yuan of United Agents. 

clarissa“I didn’t think I’d stand a chance.” Read our Winner’s Q&A with Clarissa N. Goenawan 

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 Clarissa N. Goenawan is a Singapore-based writer, mentee on the WoMentoring Project and Curtis Brown Creative graduate. She loves rainy days, pretty books, and hot green teas. Since winning, Clarissa received several offers of representation and has now signed with leading international literary agent, Anna Soler-Pont of Pontas Agency. Clarissa is currently editing her second novel.

Read the first chapter of RAINBIRDS by Clarissa N Goenawan

Read about Clarissa’s multiple offers of representation from literary agents and why she chose to sign with Anna Soler-Pont of Pontas Agency 




“Written with energy and tons of heart, FULMAR was a close second for me.  Bringing to life a cast of colourful characters in the surf community in Cornwall, troubled teen Jacob fights to stay away from gang leader Aiden and his group of lads.  It is the surf club and the surfing that saves him.  Well-drawn characters leap off the page in this gritty YA, and I cheered and almost cried when Jacob finally does the right thing, recognising the inevitable summer inside himself and kicking trouble for good”- 2015 Judge, Mildred Yuan of United Agents.

In 2007 Robin Falvey, a lifelong surfer and waterman left his NHS desk job and headed off to sail Southern Ocean. After coming close to death in extreme storms and surfing tropical coral reefs, he moved to Cornwall, took a Master’s in journalism did a couple of stints at BBC Radio Cornwall and Radio Plymouth before realising Fulmar was the story he had to write.  Read the first chapter of FULMAR 




andrew j king (2)Andrew J. King is a Senior Lecturer in Critical Theory at The Arts University of Bournemouth who feels he has always lived in two places: ‘this world and the real one’. As a writer, Andrew was inspired by his friendship with artist, photographer and director Tim MacMillan, whose time-freezing films and magic back door key into Japanese culture provided extraordinary images and experiences which became building blocks.

THE ARROW GARDEN is the story of a technical translator who accepts a colleague’s invitation to study Japanese archery in an abandoned bowling green in Bristol’s Brandon Park. Meanwhile, in post-war Japan, a young woman starting her career is filled with memories of war and strange recollections of events in a park in a mysterious otherworld. Read the first chapter of THE ARROW GARDEN 




Hollie Overton (2)A native of Kingsville, Texas, Hollie Overton found herself drawn to storytelling first as an actress, then a writer.  Hollie trained in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before moving to Hollywood where she found success as a TV writer. Past TV writing credits include CBS Drama “Cold Case” and Lifetime’s “The Client List.” babydollHollie is currently a writer on ABC Family’s drama “Shadowhunters” based on the Mortal Instruments book series. Hollie has since won a major publishing deal with Penguin Random House BABY DOLL was inspired by Hollie’s love of suspense thrillers and her relationship with her twin sister Heather and the fierce bond they share.


A Corner of the Artist’s Room

Sinead Mooney

A Shadow in the Blood

Martin J Gilbert

All The Way Back Things 

Jane Heather

Angel Dust

Rose Lewenstein

Fierce Animals

Fran Slater


Brogan McEllan

La Femme au Chapeau

Cathy De’Freitas

Mother Tongue

Tanya Atapattu

My Perfect Mind

Annabel Abbs

On a Sunday

Grainne Murphy

Sister of Mine

Laurie Petrou

Tall Oaks

Chris Whitaker

The Fourth Chimurenga

Sandi Fikuart

The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman

Robin Gregory

The Insect House

Shirley Day

The Thing I Love

Samuel Wright

Thinking Only of Arriving

Vicky Grut

This Eden Called Warsaw

Suzanne Reisman

Truth Like Water

Carys Shannon