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Encore Award

The Encore Award was first presented in 1990 to celebrate the achievement of outstanding second novels. The Award fills a niche in the catalogue of literary prizes. The RSL has administrated the award since 2016.

WINNER

The wild laughter

Hughes, Caoilinn ISBN: 9781786078599
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"A grand feat of comic ingenuity, mischievous and insightful, and full of resonance for the way we live now... So original and vibrant." - Encore Award Judges

It's 2008, and the Celtic Tiger has left devastation in its wake. Brothers Hart and Cormac Black are waking up to a very different Ireland - one that widens the chasm between them and brings their beloved father to his knees. Facing a devastating choice that will put their livelihood, even their lives, on the line, the brothers soon learn that their biggest danger comes when there is nothing to lose. A sharp snapshot of a family and a nation suddenly unmoored, this epic-in-miniature explores cowardice and sacrifice, faith rewarded and abandoned, the stories we tell ourselves and the ones we resist. Hilarious, poignant and utterly fresh, The Wild Laughter cements Caoilinn Hughes' position as one of Ireland's most audacious, nuanced and insightful young writers.

- LoveReading4Schools Synopsis

SHORTLIST

Clarke, Susanna ISBN: 9781526622426
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Makumbi, Jennifer Nansubuga ISBN: 9781786077882
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Duggal, Sharon ISBN: 9781910422618
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Hughes, Caoilinn ISBN: 9781786078599
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Evers, Stuart ISBN: 9781529030976
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The Encore Award is one of nine annual awards and prizes presented by the RSL which bring the widest possible community of writers and readers together in celebration of the breadth of UK literature. From debut works and unpublished short stories through to the notoriously challenging second novel and outstanding contributions to literature, the RSL’s awards and prizes celebrate the value of the written word in all its forms, whilst supporting emerging and established writers at some of the most challenging moments of their careers.