Finding the best authors you've never heard of
Authors who may have missed out on the bestseller charts or bookshop three-for-twos may get the chance for another "moment in the sun" with a new nationwide literary promotion.
Fiction Uncovered launched this May to highlight eight titles, from authors including Whitbread Prize-winner Lindsay Clarke and former nurse, painter and decorator and night porter-turned-novelist Tim Pears.
In the words of the chair of this year's judging panel, The Last King of Scotland author Giles Foden, the campaign aims to support UK fiction writers who deserve their "moment in the sun".
The books included in Fiction Uncovered are: The Water Theatre by Lindsay Clarke (Alma), a family tale ranging from working-class Yorkshire to a West African state; Robert Edric's The London Satyr (Doubleday) set in the seedy London underworld of 1891; The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall (Portobello), which follows events in a Lake District village following the rescue of a girl by a young mathematician; Night Waking by Sarah Moss (Granta), charting the fortunes of a Scottish family; Chris Paling's Nimrod's Shadow (Portobello), in which an artist's paintings trigger a murder investigation; Disputed Land by Tim Pears (Wm Heinemann), about a family's politics over Christmas; Ray Robinson's Forgetting Zoë (Wm Heinemann) set around the abduction of a girl; and The English German Girl (Birlin, Polygon) by Jake Wallis Simons, a wartime novel about a Jewish family divided from their daughter.
The promotion is supported by the Arts Council England and funded by the National Lottery, with celebrations taking place in bookshops across the UK, as well as online and in a special app. Their website has all the details: http://www.fictionuncovered.co.uk.