Maria Donovan Shortlisted for Hall & Woodhouse DLF Writing Prize

25 June 2019 - 04:59pm

Maria Donovan Shortlisted for Hall & Woodhouse DLF Writing Prize

25 June 2019 - 04:59pm

We're delighted to hear that The Chicken Soup Murder was named the runner-up at the awards ceremony held in July. 

Seren author Maria Donovan has been shortlisted for the Hall & Woodhouse DLF Writing Prize. The prize, which runs as part of the Dorchester Literary Festival, carries on the festival’s long tradition of celebrating and investing in it’s ‘homegrown talent’ and is open to any published author based in or with a close connection to Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon or Cornwall. It’s therefore no surprise that Dorset based Maria’s debut novel The Chicken Soup Murder has been chosen alongside books by Susmita Bhattacharya, Dee La Vardere and Emma Timpany.

Read about Maria's reaction on her blog here.

About the book:

Maria Donovan’s debut novel, The Chicken Soup Murder, subverts the crime and murder mystery genres in a meditation on bereavement, friendship and the meaning of family. This emotionally involving coming-of-age narrative is told with resilience and humour by eleven-year-old Michael, a thoughtful boy who tests the boundaries of his own behaviour as he carries a burden of knowledge no one else seems willing to share.

Praise for The Chicken Soup Murder:

‘This is a great story, told with sensitivity, and a first class an eye for comedy. A memorable read.’ – Rubery Book Award

‘Handled with great sensitivity, this has great comedy, exciting developments and very moving moments, right through until the nicely worked solution to the mystery.’ – The Daily Mail

‘The Chicken Soup Murder is a thought provoking, yet gentle heartfelt hug of a tale, and a very lovely read indeed.’ – Love Reading

The Chicken Soup Murder is available on the Seren website: £9.99