London, 2016-Jul-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — This year’s Branford Boase Award has been won by Horatio Clare and his editor Penny Thomas, for Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot. Julia Eccleshare, Chair of the judges, praised the book as ‘beautifully written and highly original’.
On winning the award Horatio Clare said: ‘This is the book I am most proud of: it was written with heart and soul about something painful and important, but meant to read as a joy and an adventure.’
Penny Thomas said, ‘I’m overjoyed for Horatio and for Firefly that the Branford Boase judges loved Aubrey too. It means an enormous amount to all of us at Firefly to win this unique award.’ Firefly Press is an independent children’s publisher, based in Cardiff and Aberystwyth.
The winners were announced last Thursday, 7 July, at a ceremony at Walker Books in London, where Chris Riddell presented the prizes. Horatio Clare was awarded a cheque for £1,000 and both Horatio and Penny Thomas received a unique, hand-crafted silver-inlaid box.
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- Foyles: “Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot” book wins Branford Boase Award at a ceremony at Walker Books in London