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The 2018 Young Writer of the Year Award will be shadowed, for the third year running, by an insightful and erudite panel of book bloggers.

Susan Osborne is a a lifelong reader who has been lucky enough to spend much of her working life in the book world working in bookselling, as a reviewer and as a reviews editor for magazines. When her head is not in a book she likely to be walking, at the movies, flourishing her Art Fund card or travelling with her partner. She blogs mostly about literary fiction, at alifeinbooks.co.uk

Amanda Chatterton is a 40 year old northerner with two children. Her daytime job is Payment Control Manager for a tax rebate company and she manages to fit reading in around all those things. She prefers to read literary fiction, psychological thrillers and has recently become addicted to dark historical gothic fiction. She has been an avid reader from a very young age and writing about books at her blog Bookish Chat seemed like a natural progression for sharing the book love.

Paul Cheney has always loved all things about reading and books, and cannot walk past a bookshop or library without popping in; just to look, you understand. He reads all types and genres of books, but his real passion is for non-fiction, in particular travel, natural history, history and science. He also loves science fiction and fantasy and tries to read some contemporary fiction along the way too.  As well as blogging at Half Man, Half Book, he has been writing for Nudge Books as their voice of Book Life for two years.


Lucy Pearson is an award-winning book blogger based between Sydney and London who specialises in literary themed travel and book reviews. An ardent and avid reader, she started her blog, The Literary Edit, when she set herself the challenge to read the BBC Top 100 books, and has since won The London Book Fair’s inaugural Book Blogger of the Year award, as well as having been named as one of Blogosphere Magazine’s Top 5 Book Bloggers. Her all-time favourite book is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

Lizzi Risch has been blogging at TheseLittleWords.com since 2011, after completing a BA in English Literature. Her blog features book reviews, author interviews, and the occasional comment or opinion piece. Lizzi has worked in publishing since 2013 (having completed far too many internships) and mostly reads literary and historical fiction, biographies and history books, and the occasional bit of true crime. She tweets @lizzirisch and can be found on Instagram @lizzi_reads

The 2018 Shadow Panel will be reading and discussing the four books shortlisted by the Award Panel (tba on 4 November).  You can follow along at their blogs and on twitter with #YoungWriterAwardShadow.

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Follow us on twitter. The Young Writer of the Year Award is a prize of £10,000 for a writer under 35.

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