Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Kate Summerscale Snags the Samuel Johnson Prize for The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

Kate Summerscale just won the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize, the UK’s top non-fiction prize, for The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. She will receive £30,000. Rosie Boycott, chair of the judges, has this to say about Summerscale’s book:

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher is a dramatic, page-turning detective yarn of a real-life murder that inspired the birth of modern detective fiction. Kate Summerscale has brilliantly merged scrupulous archival research with vivid storytelling that reads with the pace of a Victorian thriller. The book is a rare work of non-fiction that mimics suspense genre and leaves one gripped until
the final paragraph.
My positive review of Mr. Whicher appears here.

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