The £10,000 Encore Award for 2018, given by the Royal Society of Literature to the best second novel of the year, has been jointly awarded to Devil’s Day by Andrew Michael Hurley (John Murray) and The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney (John Murray). Alex Clark, chair of the judges, said:
Prize juries are reluctant to split awards – probably because it looks either as though they can’t make up their minds, or that there was deadlock. Happily, neither occurred in this case: we simply couldn’t put a cigarette paper between these two splendid novels and wanted to acknowledge and reward them both.
The judges for 2018 were Alex Clark (chair), Julia Copus, and Ted Hodgkinson.
For more information, see the Royal Society of Literature press release.
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