Chloe Howarth

Northbank at the British Book Awards

14/05/2024

Sunburn Chlow Michelle Howarth British Book Awards

We had a great time at the British Book Awards (aka ‘The Nibbies’) ceremony last night at Grosvenor House in London.

Northbank Fiction Agent Elizabeth Counsell was there to support Sunburn by Chloe Michelle Howarth, published by VERVE. Sunburn was shortlisted in the Discover category, which aims to amplify books from under-represented writers, with a particular focus on the work of indie presses.

The judges said: ‘Chloe Michelle Howarth’s debut novel Sunburn, a coming-of-age Sapphic story set in 1990s Ireland, was VERVE’s lead summer title last year and backed with a creative campaign including an inaugural blogger event, proof posts with bracelet packages and a partnership with clothing shop Lucy & Yak. Sunburn went on to be shortlisted for the Debut Fiction Nero Book Award and sales far exceeded the original print run.’

It was great to see many publishing colleagues in attendance. WF Howes, who publish Sunburn in audiobook, brought a 360 videobooth, and Profile Books, who recently published Rumbles by Elsa Richardson, took home the Independent Publisher of the Year prize. There was also a fun opportunity to indulge in some ’90s nostalgia with a Jacqueline Wilson photobooth from Transworld Books.

It was a fantastic evening overall, and our congratulations to all the nominees and winners. The full list is available on The Bookseller.

Sunburn is out now in paperback and audiobook.

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