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?