Waverton Good Read Award

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The Waverton Good Read Award was founded in 2003 by villagers in Waverton, Cheshire, 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 Good Read Children's Award was first presented in 2011, for children's literature.

Winners and shortlists[edit]

Year Winner Shortlisted
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

Waverton Good Read Children's Award[edit]

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


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