Books  |  Mar 23, 2021

Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi wins Audie Award 2021

The Audio Publishers Association hosted the 26th annual Audie Awards virtually last night, making them open to the public for the first time.

The event saw Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, and narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor (Markham, Froggatt & Irwin), take home the 2021 Audiobook of the Year award.

is a mysterious tale that examines the nature of fantasy and introduces readers to an astonishing new world; an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds. It has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Award 2020 and longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021.

Jennifer Egan, who judged the Audiobook of the Year category with fellow authors Tommy Orange and David Sedaris, said of Piranesi: “the reading is a triumph of tone," and called the audiobook "one of the best readings of contemporary literature that I have ever listened to." Orange added: "When the book got darker and more thrilling, and as the mystery at the centre of the novel was revealed, Chiwetel Ejiofor moved the story along beautifully."