2021 Stella Prize, Literary prizes

2021 Stella Prize winner announced

Congratulations to Evie Wyld on winning this year’s Stella Prize for her novel The Bass Rock.

According to the chair of the judging panel, Zoya Patel, the book is “consuming and perplexing”, adding that it…

“forces the reader to think and engage with the unique narrative structure, but in a way that feels effortless, so engaged are you by the story. This is a novel that demonstrates the author’s versatility of style, with the separate narrative parts each having an individual voice. And yet, at no point does the book feel disjointed. Instead, it is as though Evie Wyld has chosen each and every word with precision, building a novel that is a true work of art.”

You can read the full announcement, made tonight, on the Stella Prize website.

Unfortunately, I haven’t read this novel, although it’s been in my digital TBR for quite some time.

In fact, eagle-eyed followers of this blog might have noticed I abandoned my project to read all the books on the Stella Prize shortlist. There’s just been too much going on in my life to commit to reading so many books in such a short space of time. Maybe next year!

Anyone read The Bass Rock? Did you like it? Would you recommend it?

23 thoughts on “2021 Stella Prize winner announced”

    1. Thanks, Lisa. I have many British friends who have read & loved this. It’s kind of been one of those books I’ve been saving up to read when I’m in the right mood…

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        1. I know what you mean. The thing that no one seems to get is that these kinds of stories are preaching to the converted. The people (read MEN) who should be reading these books will never pick them up.

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    1. I’ve only heard good things about this book, Laura, so I will look forward to reading it in due course. I still haven’t read All The Birds, Singing. I got slightly put off by the controversy surrounding her Miles Franklin win but I think enough water has passed under the bridge now…

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      1. What was the controversy? I didn’t realise she’d won anything for All the Birds and I’m glad to hear she did – it’s one of the best books I’ve read in the last decade.

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      2. What was the controversy? I didn’t realise she’d won anything for All the Birds and I’m glad to hear she did – it’s one of the best books I’ve read in the last decade.

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        1. She won Australia’s most prestigious literary award, the Miles Franklin, in 2014. I think it was felt the award should go to an Australian writer who lives in Australia and has limited opportunities to win prizes, not someone in the UK who has access to lots of different lit awards. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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