First-time novelist Stef PENNEY wins the Costa!
FIRST-TIME NOVELIST Stef Penney has clinched the inaugural 2006 Costa Book of the Year Award with The Tenderness of Wolves (Quercus Publishing, 2006), a murder mystery set in the snowy wastelands of Canada in the 19th century, beating such favourites as William Boyd for Restless (2006) and Brian Thomson for Keeping Mum (2006). Penney is a perfect example of a writer who creates stories set in a landscape foreign or alien to her. She has not been to Canada. Of course, by now everyone knows that the Costa Awards used to be called the Whitbread Awards. This win also heralds the arrival of independent publisher Quercus Publishing on the literary landscape. However, I must confess that I have yet to read her prize-winning book despite the fact that I have a copy of it with me. I must get to it soon.
The Tenderness of Wolves was published by Quercus Publishing, a small, independent publisher, in 2006