Saturday, 13 February 2010
Politics and romance, a potent combination...
Louise Bagshawe is in the running to win Romantic Novel of the Year Award. An extraordinary achievement, yet nothing too revolutionary. However, Bagshawe, unlike most potentially award winning writers, is also a prospective parliamentary candidate. The Conservative's nomination for Corby and East Northants will soon get used to competing against others for the the ultimate prize, and she faces no tougher field than in the literary world.
Whilst Bagshawe's 'Passion' has given romance 'a new twist', Rachel Hore, Lucy Dillon, Jean Fullerton, Santa Montefiore and Miranda Dickinson have all got strong entries, making this year's prize provide 'a taste of the broader church of what romantic fiction is'. The winner will be announced on March 16th, but as for the election, who knows?