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 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 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 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.
|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|
|2009/10||The Ghosts of Eden by Andrew Sharp|
|2010/11||Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson|
|2011/12||Tiny 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|
|2014/15||If I Should Die by Matthew Frank|
|2015/16||The Death's Head Chess Club by John Donoghue|
|2016/17||Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker|
|2017/18||Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman|
|2018/19||White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht|
In 2011, the inaugural Waverton Good Read Children's Award was presented.
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