Yesterday I was very pleased to learn that Mister Creecher had been shortlisted for the UKLA Book Award. I know I say this every time, but there are so many books out there, so many really strong writers, that it is a real honour to be singled out in this way. A big thank you to all those involved in choosing it.
I was still glowing from this news when I heard, today, that once again I have failed to make it from longlist to shortlist for the Carnegie Medal. I am hugely disappointed, of course - but I don't intend to stop writing any time soon, so I just have to hope my time is yet to come. This was the third time one of my books had reached the longlist, and that in itself is very gratifying. Good luck to those who have made it onto the shortlist.