Abi Daré is among the six authors shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award, which celebrates excellent storytelling across contemporary fiction. It is the only prize that rewards storytelling in all genres - from romance and historical to fantasy and speculative, and everything in between - and is awarded annually to a 'compelling novel with brilliant characterisation and a distinct voice and is confidently written and assuredly realised'.
Abi Daré's shortlisted novel The Girl With the Louding Voice is a bold, moving story of a young Nigerian housegirl named Adunni and her heart-breaking but inspiring journey to finding her 'louding voice' and living a life that she controls. It was shortlisted for the British Books Awards Debut Book of the Year 2021, and the Desmond Elliot Prize 2020.
Among the longlisted novels was Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton, an electrifying thriller about an ordinary school under siege. Set over three terrifying hours, it is a stunning exploration of radicalisation, extremism and hate, but also courage, love and redemption.
The Award is judged by David Headley, Goldsboro Books co-founder and MD, and the Goldsboro Books team. The winner will be announced on 30th September.