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Judges 2017

The award-winning novelist and political commentator Elif Shafak and the acclaimed cultural historian and biographer Lucy Hughes-Hallett will join Andrew Holgate on the judging panel of the Young Writer of the Year Award.

The Shadow Panel for 2017, made up of a panel of wonderful book bloggers has also now been announced. The 2017 Shadow Panel will be reading and discussing the four books shortlisted by the Award Panel (tba on 29 October). You can follow along at their blogs and on twitter with #YoungWriterAwardShadow.


Andrew Holgate

Andrew has been the Literary Editor of The Sunday Times for almost ten years, and before that was the Deputy Literary Editor for nine. He has worked in bookselling, publishing and literary journalism, and has judged many other prizes, including the Samuel Johnson Award and the Somerset Maugham.

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Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak

Elif is one of today’s most influential international writers and intellectuals who straddles East and West. She is the acclaimed author of ten novels including The Architect's Apprentice, The Bastard of Istanbul and most recently Three Daughters of Eve (Penguin, February 2017) and is the most widely read female writer in Turkey. Her work has been translated into over forty languages and she has been awarded the prestigious Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. She is also a cultural commentator, a political scientist and an inspirational public speaker.

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Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Lucy's first novel, Peculiar Ground, will be published on May 18th. Her previous book, The Pike (2013), a biography of Gabriele D’Annunzio, won all three of this country’s most prestigious non-fiction prizes: the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize, and the Costa Biography of the Year Award. She is a widely respected critic and reviewer, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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