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Double success for Centre for New Writing lecturers at HWA Crowns awards

16 November 2017

The Centre for New Writing is delighted to have celebrated double success at the 2017 Historical Writers' Association Crown awards.

Cover of Beth Underdown's book 'The Witchfinder's Sister'

The HWA Debut Crown was won by Lecturer Beth Underdown for The Witchfinder’s Sister, published by Viking Books in spring 2017. The judging panel, chaired by author Emma Darwin commented: “In The Witchfinder’s Sister, Beth Underdown has imagined her way into a society’s collective madness, and recreated it in a terrifying and utterly convincing story.”

The HWA Endeavour Ink Gold Crown was won by former Co-Director Ian McGuire for The North Water, published by Scribner in 2016. The judges, chaired by Toni Senior, said: “The North Water is a tale of murder and despair on board a nineteenth century whaling ship, and it reeks of blubber and blood. As a feat of historical imagination it is extraordinary; as a novel it is stunning. Like the Arctic waters it describes, this book is violent and unsettling, yet unforgettably beautiful.”

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