Award Winner: Louise O’Neill wins the inaugural YA Book Prize for Only Ever Yours

YA Book Prize Winner - Louise O'Neill Yesterday saw the inaugural YA Book Prize being awarded to Louise O’Neill, author of the debut ONLY EVER YOURS from Quercus Books, beating such established heavyweights as Marcus Sedgwick and David Almond. Congratulations Louise!

YA Book Prize 2015 A Ten books were shortlisted, and doubtless all worthy in their own way though we will admit a certain extra satisfaction that a work of speculative fiction was chosen to receive the first ever award. It’s a ‘dystopian feminist satire on how society judges women based on their appearance’ written partly, as O’Neill told the Bookseller who created the award, to her teenage self. CA - Only Ever Yours
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Rick O’Shea, YA Book Prize judge and RTE broadcaster said “Only Ever Yours is as far as I’m concerned not just a worthy winner of the prize but one of the best speculative fiction books I’ve read in years. It pushes the boundaries of contemporary YA. I’ll be pressing it into the hands of anyone who might read it.” CA - YA Book Prize
You can read more and find links on the other shortlisted titles and authors and the prize here but we’ve added complete title details below.

Congratulations to Louise and the rest of the shortlist – we’ll be keen to see what’s coming next!

 

ONLY EVER YOURS

LOUISE O’NEILL QUERCUS BOOKS 9781848664159 PB £7.99 03/07/2014
CA - Only Ever Yours Freida and Isabel have been best friends their whole lives. Now, aged sixteen and in their final year at the School, they expect to be selected as companions – wives to wealthy and powerful men. The alternative – life as a concubine – is too horrible to contemplate. But as the intensity of the final year takes hold, the pressure to be perfect mounts. Isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty – her only asset – in peril. And then into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride. Freida must fight for her future, even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known….

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