COVENTRY UNIVERSITY lecturer and Novelist Mez Packer has been short listed for two separate literary awards – The People’s Book Prize and the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards.
Mez Packer’s ‘highly original’ 2-tone countercultural thriller Among Thieves http://www.tindalstreet.co.uk/books/among-thieves is up for public vote in both a national and local competition. The People’s Book Prize, which has Dame Beryl Bainbridge among its patrons, aims to discover talented authors and bring them to wider attention.
Unusually for literary prizes, the winner is chosen each month by ordinary readers in a public vote and the book with the most votes will go forward as a finalist for the People’s Book Prize Awards in July 2010.
Mez Packer http://www.tindalstreet.co.uk/authors/mez-packer is short listed for October, and voting will close on November 30. You can vote for Among Thieves here http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=152.
Among Thieves is also up for the 2010 Coventry Inspiration Book Awards http://myvotes.coventry.gov.uk/ which is run by Coventry City Council in conjunction with local libraries. Local readers have nominated their favourite books, and Among Thieves has been shortlisted in the Murder & Mayhem http://myvotes.coventry.gov.uk/56/index.cfm?p=vote&cid=557&zz=2009101515643 category, alongside other great reads such as Kate Atkinson’s When Will There Be Good News? and Alexander McCall Smith’s No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
Mez’s thrilling debut novel is set in 1980s Coventry. Mez herself lives in Leamington Spa, and attended Warwick University in the 1980s – Among Thieves was inspired partly by her own experiences of the city when she was studying at Warwick University. The novel is an exhilarating tale of music, drug-smuggling and racism, and has won acclaim in the national press. Voting is now open to the public, so show your support by voting for Mez here: http://myvotes.coventry.gov.uk/56/index.cfm?p=vote&cid=557&zz=2009101515643
Mez has recently been awarded an Arts Council Grant to start writing her second novel so it’s been a good week for this Coventry University lecturer.