Thursday, 19 November 2009

Success from beyond the grave...

Yesterday, saw author Neil Gaiman continue his huge success with new novel 'The Graveyard Book'. Already having won America's Newbery Medal, Locus Young Adult Award and Hugo Best Novel Prize, Gaiman was awarded the Booktrust Teenage Prize at a ceremony in London; and further achievement may be just around the corner, owing to his nomination for both the Carnegie Medal and World Fantasy Award. Citing both Ruyard Kipling and P.L. Travers, of 'The Jungle Books' and 'Mary Poppins' fame respectively, as inspirations, Gaiman said that he was both 'thrilled and surprised' by receiving the award, whose £2,500 prize money he will spend on 'cool art'. The judges said of Gaiman's novel that it 'won the hearts of all the judges, young and old...the writing is gentle, fluid and humorous, and fundamentally uplifting'. Gaiman's next work is set to be a 'part-fiction, part-non-fiction travelogue and real life history', set in China.

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