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Evie Wyld wins 2013 Encore Award

19th Jun 2014

Evie Wyd All The Birds Singing
British novelist tops woman-dominated shortlist to scoop award

Evie Wyld‘s second novel All the Birds, Singing has won the 2013 Encore Award, scooping £10,000 and a host of rave reviews in the process.

The book, which Telegraph critic Catherine Taylor described as “a fearlessly written tale of damage, dread and sheepshearing”, is set on a remote British island and follows reclusive sheepfarmer Jake Whyte, as she tries to protect her flock from an unseen violent attacker.

Founded in 1990 to celebrate the best second novel from any previously published author, the Encore Award has enjoyed a double whammy of praise from For Book’s Sake in 2014, as this year’s shortlist featured one man and four women writers alongside Wyld, including Eleanor Catton and Sheila Heti.

The full shortlist is as follows:

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

This is the Way by Gavin Corbett

How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

The Professor of Poetry by Grace McCleen

Snake Road by Sue Peebles

As well as writing, Wyld also co-runs the independent bookshop Review in south London, and her first novel After the Fire, A Still Small Voice was published in 2009 by Vintage.

Congratulations Evie!