Flyaway Shortlisted for Costa Book Awards!

Costa Book Awards 2010The news that Flyaway is on the shortlist for Children’s Section of the Costa Book Awards has just been announced.  It’s tremendously exciting.

Flyaway is such a special book to me.  It’s taken me years to get it right, and, more than anything I’ve ever done this book taught me how to write.  I have written this book in third person, first person, present tense, past tense, from a boy’s perspective and from a girl’s perspective.  It was even a fantasy novel at one point!

When I got the idea for the book I was sick in bed, and I was thinking about the similarity between the images of long term illness and the migration of wild swans.  I kept thinking about images of whiteness and coldness, images of unease and hope.  A migration is a little like a long term illness – in both you don’t know if you’re going to get to the other side, or how you’re going to make it….both of them require a large dose of hope (which Emily Dickinson once called ‘that thing with feathers’).

And Flyaway is about hope essentially … hope and love and finding your flock around you.  Plus, it’s dedicated to my grandparents.  My Grandfather is currently very sick with cancer, and it’s a blessing that he gets to hear this news before he flies off himself.

FlyawayThanks Costa for shortlisting me!  I’m delighted. :-)

The other (really really good!) books on the shortlist are:

Annexed by Sharon Dogar (an ex-Chicken House author whom I have shared many a Chicken House event with!)

Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace (Really can’t wait to read this one. It’s set in Zimbabwe for one thing, and Jason is lovely)

Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud (What an exciting book!)

Sending cheer and cheesecake,


Categories Awards and Nominations, Flyaway, General | Tags: | Posted on November 16, 2010

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  1. by Younger Sun

    On November 25, 2010

    Dear Lucy,

    Congratulations on your Gold Inky!

    With love from the Younger Sun (and the Sun) Bookshop.


  2. by ora exacta

    On September 4, 2014

    Cum a aparut Flyaway Shortlisted for Costa
    Book Awards! la mine pe perete?

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