Congratulations to Will Mabbitt and his editor Ben Horslen, who have been longlisted for the Branford Boase Award for The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones! The award is made annually to the most promising book by a first time novelist and celebrates the combined efforts of both the author and editor of each nominated children’s book.
The award was set up in memory of author Henrietta Branford and editorial director Wendy Boase, who worked together on a number of Henrietta’s novels. Both Henrietta and Wendy died of cancer in 1999.
The chair of the judges, Julia Eccleshare, said it’s been “an extraordinary year for debuts”, with five more books making the longlist compared to last year!
We’re delighted for Will, Ben and Mabel, and will be keeping everything crossed for when the shortlist is announced later in 2016!