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Not the Booker Prize 2020: Success for Welsh author Richard Owain Roberts
HELLO FRIEND WE MISSED YOU, the debut novel from Richard Owain Roberts, won the Guardian’s 2020 Not the Booker Prize. The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize was established in 2009 as an alternative book prize, where readers themselves could vote for the winner.
The blog asks readers to compile a list of the best books of the year that had missed out on the biggest literary prizes and then to vote on its shortlist. This year, Roberts’s novel was a clear favourite with readers and won the public’s and the judges’ votes.
Roberts’s first collection of stories, All the Places We Lived, was published in 2015, and is a collection of disparate, yet inextricably connected stories that are minimalist, confrontational, delicate, and, relentlessly, the absolute unfiltered truth.
In 2017 All the Places We Lived was translated into Serbian by Ana Pejović, published by Partizanska Knjiga. The publisher invited Roberts to Serbia for a book tour across the country and he is the subject of forthcoming film ULTRA: a documentary covering the promotional tour for the collection’s Serbian translation.
Partizanska Knjiga have also acquired the rights to translate HELLO FRIEND WE MISSED YOU, and we are eagerly awaiting even more translations to add to his growing readers, here in the UK and further afield…
Congratulations to Richard and to his publisher, Parthian!