Waverton Good Read Award

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The Waverton Good Read Award was founded in 2003 by villagers in Waverton, Chester, England, and is based on Le Prix de la Cadière d'Azur , a literary prize awarded by a Provençal village. Adult debut novels written by UK residents and published in the previous twelve months are eligible for consideration and are read by villagers. "The aim was not only to stimulate reading in the village but to provide encouragement to British writers". Two of the main founders were Gwen Goodhew (b 21 October 1942) an educational specialist who established Wirral Able Child Centre and has written and edited books on teaching the gifted child, and Wendy Smedley. It is the first British award to be judged by normal readers rather than literary figures.[ citation needed ]

Waverton, Cheshire village and civil parish in Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire, England

Waverton is a village and civil parish on the outskirts of Chester in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It lies about 3 miles (4.8 km) south-east of Chester High Cross, 19 miles (31 km) south of Liverpool and 33 miles (53 km) south west of Manchester. It is almost continuous with the village of Rowton to the north west and that in turn is almost continuous with Christleton. According to the 2011 Census, the population of the parish was 1,587.

Chester City in Cheshire, England

Chester is a walled city in Cheshire, England, on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales. With a population of 79,645 in 2011, it is the most populous settlement of Cheshire West and Chester, which had a population of 329,608 in 2011, and serves as the unitary authority's administrative headquarters. Chester is the second-largest settlement in Cheshire after Warrington.

Provence Historical province in Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur, France

Provence is a geographical region and historical province of southeastern France, which extends from the left bank of the lower Rhône to the west to the Italian border to the east, and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It largely corresponds with the modern administrative region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and includes the departments of Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, as well as parts of Alpes-Maritimes and Vaucluse. The largest city of the region is Marseille.


Waverton Good Read Children's Award was first presented in 2011, for children's literature.

Winners and shortlists

2003/4 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , by Mark Haddon
2004/5 Boy A , by Jonathan Trigell
2005/6 A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian , by Marina Lewycka
2006/7 The Killing Jar , by Nicola Monaghan
2007/8 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen , by Paul Torday
2008/9 Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
  • A Girl Made of Dust, by Natalie Abi-Ezi
  • The Outcast by Sadie Jones
  • Spider by Michael Morley
2009/10The Ghosts of Eden by Andrew Sharp
  • Girl in a Blue Dress, by Gaynor Arnold
  • The Coroner by M R Hall
  • The Street Philosopher by Matthew Pamplin
  • The Rescue Man by Anthony Quinn
2010/11Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson
  • The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell
  • The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller
  • Luke and Jon by Robert Williams
2011/12Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson
2012/13 The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
2013/14 The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
2014/15If I Should Die by Matthew Frank
  • A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray
  • Wake by Anna Hope
  • Daughter by Jane Shemilt
  • After Before by Jemma Wayne
2015/16The Death's Head Chess Club by John Donoghue
  • Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey
  • I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
  • Burnt Paper Sky by Gilly Macmillan
  • The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
2016/17Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker
  • Crisis by Frank Gardner
  • The Words in My Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd
  • Belonging by Umi Sinha
  • The People We Were Before by Annabelle Thorpe
2017/18 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary
  • Not Thomas by Sara Gethin
  • The Pinocchio Brief by Abi Silver
  • A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
2018/19 White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht
  • White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht
  • Call of the Curlew by Elizabeth Brooks
  • Bitter by Francesca Jakobi
  • Killer Intent by Tony Kent
  • The Sealwoman's Gift by Sally Magnusson

Waverton Good Read Children's Award

In 2011, the inaugural Waverton Good Read Children's Award was presented.


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