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20-year-old librarian wins young adult novel competition

WINNER: Rebecca Henry (Image: Everything with Words)

A 20-YEAR-OLD librarian has been chosen as the winner of a young adult (YA) novel competition.

Rebecca Henry, who is from Swindon, was picked by author and competition judge Patrice Lawrence.

Henry’s entry to the competition, The Sound of Everything tells the story of an “emotionally damaged girl in foster care” who believes that the only thing she has in the world is a knife called Emerson.

Speaking of the novel, Lawrence said: “I was sucked in by the quality of the writing, the ear for dialogue and a complex character who on the surface could seem unlikeable or self-pitying but who is compelling and makes you route for her.”

Novelist and translator Mikka Haugaard, who set up the Everything with Words YA novel competition last year in a bid to promote diversity within the genre, hoped to find a vibrant debut novel for young adults/adults set in today’s multicultural Britain.

Entrants were required to submit work based in a real UK city and encouraged to capture the feeling of “here and now, the street and the city today”.

Henry will receive a £1,000 prize and will have her novel published by Everything with Words in May.

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