Dark Chapter Shortlisted for the Author's Club Best First Novel Award!

Legend Press couldn't be prouder of Winnie M Li, whose novel Dark Chapter has made the shortlist for this prestigious prize...

Winner of The Guardian Not The Booker Prize last year, subject of countless TV and radio appearances, writer of articles, subject of interviews and participant in live events discussing consent, sexual assault and recovery from trauma, Winnie M Li is one of the most important authors of the past twelve months. Her book Dark Chapter explores a violent rape, alternating the viewpoints between perpetrator and survivor, and has been described as "brave, raw and strikingly original" by the Daily Mail. Now we are delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for the Author's Club Best First Novel Award. 

The shortlist includes six books in total:

The Clocks in the House All Tell Different Times  by Xan Brooks (Salt)

Darke by Rick Gekoski (Canongate)

Man With A Seagull On His Head by Harriet Paige (Bluemoose Books)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins)

White Highlands by John McGhie (Little, Brown)

Lucy Popescu, chair of the judging panel, said: “This has been a bumper year for strong debuts exploring a range of themes. We have enjoyed many passionate discussions and are delighted to highlight such extraordinary talent. We are fortunate to have A L Kennedy to decide the overall winner.”

Lauren Parsons of Legend Press said "From the very first moment I read the manuscript, I knew Winnie had produced something exceptional. I am thrilled to see the book gain the recognition it deserves and sit side by side with such a strong shortlist of amazing books". 

Fingers crossed for the 22nd June, when the winner will be announced at the National Liberal Club!