2022 Bath Novel Award

Bath Novel Award 2022 Winner | Prize: £3,000
Historical crime | unpublished

“Right from the get go, a sense of purpose and place and narrative impetus which means you can sit and just explore the narrative. A real sense of a writer, writing for a reader, rather than just to a reader.”

-Nelle Andrew, 2022 judge and literary agent at Rachel Mills Literary Agency

Francesca Robbins is a disabled writer who lives in a cottage by the sea in England with her dog, husband, and “enough books to bury them all alive”. She initially studied Law at Cambridge University, then returned after a long illness to study her first love, English Literature. She has worked as a copywriter, at a Sunday newspaper, and as an English tutor. 

Since childhood Francesca has escaped into books to cope with chronic illness, and she is passionate about writing authentic disabled perspectives. Victoriana explores the isolation and prejudice experienced by characters who live with sickness and trauma, also drawing inspiration from gothic literature, Greek tragedy, English folklore, and pacy murder-mysteries. As a work in progress, Victoriana also longlisted for The Bath Novel Award 2020, The Curtis Brown First Novel Prize 2020 and won a 2020 Madeleine Milburn Mentorship.

Bath Novel Award 2022 Shortlisted:
Crime | unpublished

FARRAH YUSUF was born in Pakistan and lives in London. She was a solicitor and charity sector manager and is currently raising her young family. Her short fiction has listed in the BBC National Short Story Prize and she is newly represented by Honor Spreckley at RCW Literary Agency.

Almost Strangers is Farrah’s first novel and was written after becoming a mother and losing her own mum in close succession. It’s the story of an Insta-famous make-up artist whose nosy neighbour and social media followers become unlikely amateur detectives when she disappears without a trace.

Bath Novel Award 2022 Shortlisted:
Historical romance | unpublished

SASHA BUTLER lives in Birmingham, England where she works in marketing. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Nottingham and has studied Creative Writing with Curtis Brown Creative and The British Library.

As Soft as Dreams is set in the Midlands during the first Elizabethan era and is the story of Eliza, who is forced into an arranged marriage after her childhood sweetheart goes missing. Sasha Butler is newly represented by Katie Fulford at Bell Lomax Moreton.

Bath Novel Award 2022 Shortlisted:
Book group | unpublished

Louise Tucker is a writer, editor and tutor and lives in London, England. Having spent most of her working life in academia and publishing, she started to concentrate on writing fiction after a significant birthday: “I spent hours encouraging students to write and yet never wrote anything myself.”

An early draft of THE LAST GIFT OF EMMELINE DAVIES won the inaugural PFD Lost the Plot Prize and was also shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award in 2019. Louise has just completed the MA in Prose Fiction at UEA, where she was awarded the 2021/2022 Annabel Abbs Scholarship.

Bath Novel Award 2022 Shortlisted:
Commercial | unpublished

Kathryn Sharman lives in North Yorkshire, England with her husband and three children. She has an English Language & Literature degree with Distinction from Manchester University and has worked as a journalist and copywriter in London.

She began writing The Taste of Strawberries while studying for an MA in Creative Writing at York St John University. In this inter-generational story of family secrets, Kathryn draws upon her own personal experiences of pregnancy and motherhood, along with the loss of her grandmother to dementia.

Bath Novel Award 2022 Shortlisted:
Literary | unpublished

JUSTIN COOKE grew up in Dorset, England where he now lives and works as a contemporary artist. He studied for a degree in Fine Art at Newcastle University and is particularly inspired by wild beaches and the people, history and music of remote places.

An early draft of We Are Wolves was shortlisted for the 2018 Bridport Prize / Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel. Set in the isolated dunes of the Danish North Sea Coast, it is the story of Milla, a pianist who is haunted by the memory of a body which washed up at her childhood home.

It gave me shivers and the writing is pretty flawless. It’s a powerful insight into the Syrian war torn setting and then the backstory narrative thread, and the promise she makes to the angels to keep her mother safe and then her guilt and shame that her life choices present to her and how she holds herself responsible for bad things happening to those she loves is really powerful. Powerful themes of love and loss, freedom of choice, cultural traditions and what is expected of a woman and so on.”

-Helen Corner-Bryant, founder and director of Cornerstones Literary Consultancy

The Cornerstones PWA Prize 2022 for most promising Bath Novel Award longlisted manuscript is awarded to IA Mahmoud for THE WOMAN WHO FOUGHT DEMONS AND WALKED WITH ANGELS.

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The Bath Novel Award 2022 Longlist
All the Birds of the Air
Rachel Louise Driscoll
All Those Other Lives
Andrea Gillum
Almost Strangers
Farrah Yusuf
Angels and Blackbirds
John Alex Taylor
As Soft as Dreams
Sasha Butler
Belle Nash and the Bath Soufflé
William Keeling
Change is a Coming
Ayesha Farhat
Child Bred of Light
Monica Ibarra Parle
Eliza is Dead
Rosie Storey
Lullaby for the Left Behind
Jules Arbeaux
Past Participle
Jane Labous
Ring of Lions
Cass Dalglish
Small Town Malice
Adam Sefton
Smoke and Honey
Charlotte Morbey
Something of a Hoax
Rosanna Oram
The Confinement of Ada Atwood
Laura Faulkner
The Cuckoo and the Playing Piece
Alison Offer
The Last Gift of Emmeline Davies
Louise Tucker
The Left Behind
Maeve Clarke
The Locksmith's Table
Lucy Abdullah
The Lost Detective
Elspeth Latimer
The Secret Collector of Bartholomew Row
Abigail Johnson
The Secret Deed of Henry Thistlethwaite
Lauren Brown
The Taste of Strawberries
Kathryn Sharman
The Three Arrows
Tamako Takamatsu
The Woman Who Fought Demons and Walked with Angels
I A Mahmoud
Francesca Robbins
We Are Wolves
Justin Cooke

Bath Novel Award 2022 Shortlist Announcement

Bath Novel Award 2022 Longlist Announcement

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