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Bookseller from Peckham wins Llewellyn Rhys Prize


after-the-fireAn author who works in a bookshop, called Review, in Peckham has won the John Llewellyn Rhys prize with her debut novel. It’s only worth £5,000 prize – I wouldn’t get out of bed for that kind of money – but I’m sure it’s well appreciated by Evie Wyld. Her book, After the Fire, beat Aravind Adiga and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Set mostly on the coast of Queensland, After the Fire explores failures of communication across three generations of Australian men. The shadows of domestic violence, the Korean war and Vietnam loom large in a taut story.

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