Exmouth’s Graham up for literary prize

PUBLISHED: 06:30 18 May 2017

Graham Hurley. Ref exe 2172-49-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

Graham Hurley. Ref exe 2172-49-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

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An Exmouth author has been nominated for a major literary award.

Graham Hurley has seen his novel Finisterre shortlisted for the 2017 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize.

The winning novel from the shortlist of six will be announced at the award ceremony at London’s Royal Geographic Society in September, with the author receiving £10,000.

Reacting to his nomination, Graham said: “It’s always great to be listed for a major prize. It’s happened twice before when my crime fiction made the Theakstons shortlist and I’ve always been surprised by how much difference it makes.

“Not just sales but more generally in terms of your standing with readers and publishers and – dare I say it – the media.

“Believe it or not, people take notice of this stuff. You’ve been judged by your peers and that seems to matter.

“It would be nice to win, too, but let’s see what happens...”

Graham’s next book in the trilogy, Aurore, will be published on June 1. He will be signing copies at Best Books in The Parade on Saturday, June 3, at 2.30pm.


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