June 18, 2019

Mari Hannah sets up Kate Daniels Bursary

Mari Hannah is setting up a new bursary to celebrate the anniversary of finishing her debut novel, The Murder Wall. Her journey began at Creative Thursday a decade ago, a day of intensive creative writing workshops run by industry professionals and crime writing experts. She was inspired to finish her debut, The Murder Wall, the first title to feature DCI Kate Daniels, after attending this workshop.

To celebrate this, and to mark her year as Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival chair she’s offering an opportunity to win a place at Creative Thursday in 2019 and the charity Harrogate International Festivals have generously agreed to match this. These two bursaries include participation in Creative Thursday (July 18) reasonable travel within the UK, overnight accommodation for one night if required and signed copies of the Kate Daniels series. More information on entering can be found here.

June 10, 2019

Mari Hannah wins 2019 Diva Award for Wordsmith of the Year

Mari Hannah has won the 2019 DIVA Award for Wordsmith of the Year. The DIVA Awards is a fantastic event that honours those who are committed to raising awareness for the lesbian, bisexual and trans community. Congratulations to all the winners, shortlistees, and highly commended.

May 20, 2019

Steve Cavanagh on the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award shortlist

Steve Cavanagh’s Thirteen, the fourth book in his Eddie Flynn series, has been shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. The winner will be announced on 18 July.

May 17, 2019

Stevie Davies on Wales Book of the Year 2019 Short List

Stevie Davies’ short story collection, Arrest Me, for I Have Run Away, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Wales Book of the Year Award, in the category of Fiction. The winners will be announced on 20th June.

April 15, 2019

Recent Prizes at A.M. Heath

We are enormously proud to see so many A.M. Heath authors recognised by this year’s literary prizes. In literary fiction, Alice Jolly’s extraordinary MARY ANN SATE, IMBECILE has been longlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize. Also longlisted for the Ondaatje is Jamal Mahjoub, for his moving evocation of Khartoum in A LINE IN THE RIVER. Georgina Harding’s LAND OF THE LIVING, her meditation on loss and survival, made the longlist for the Rathbones Folio Prize. Cynan Jones has been longlisted for the Europese Literatuurprijs (Netherlands) for THE LONG DRY, a short work of fiction characterised by Cynan’s acute, detailed narrative style and his clarity of prose.


The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction included two A.M. Heath authors on its longlist: Elizabeth Lowry’s story-at-sea DARK WATER and THE WANDERERS, the second novel in Tim Pears’ West Country trilogy. FORGING ON, Catherine Robinson’s Yorkshire-set comedy of country life, has been longlisted for the inaugural Comedy Women in Print prize. In crime fiction, Steve Cavanagh’s tense, twisty THIRTEEN has been longlisted for Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, the UK’s top award for the genre. THIRTEEN is also shortlisted for a CrimeFest eDunnit award. Samantha Hayes’ gripping psychological thriller THE REUNION is a finalist for a 2019 International Thriller Writers Award, while Mari Hannah has been nominated as Wordsmith of the Year by Diva Mag. David Mark’s gritty DEAD PRETTY has also been nominated as the best paperback original in the Barry Awards.


Last but very much not least, Kamila Shamsie’s elegant, electrifying HOME FIRE has continued to attract awards after winning the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2018. Alongside winning the London Hellenic Prize, HOME FIRE has been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Awards, the Southbank Sky Arts Award for Literature, the Books Are My Bag Readers Award, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (India), Medici Book Club Prize (USA), the LiBeraturpreis (Germany) and the International Dublin Literary Award (Ireland). HOME FIRE was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Europese Literatuurprijs (Netherlands).


Huge congratulations to all our authors, and fingers (and everything else) crossed for those still waiting for the results!

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