Stuart Turton

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Stuart Turton is an English internationally bestselling author.[1] and journalist from England. His debut novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (released in the US as The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle) won the First Novel Award at the 2018 Costa Book Awards[2] and has sold in 28 languages.[3] Since publication, it has sold over 200,000 copies[4] in the UK. In an interview,[5] given to The Guardian newspaper, he described writing the book as "just awful".[6]

Early life[edit]

Turton was born and raised[7] in Widnes, England and educated at The University of Liverpool, where he received a BA (Hons) in English and Philosophy. After graduating, he spent a year working as a teacher in Shanghai,[8] before becoming a technology journalist in London. He moved to Dubai to become a travel journalist, living there for three years until he returned to London to write his first novel.

Accolades[edit]

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle won the Best First Novel prize in the 2018 Costa Book Awards[9] and Best Novel in the 2018 Books Are My Bag Readers'[10] Awards, as voted for by booksellers. In the same year, it was shortlisted for a New Writers' Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards,[11] Debut of the Year at The British Book Awards,[12] and longlisted for a New Blood Dagger and Gold Dagger at the CWA Awards.[13] Val McDermid selected Stuart Turton, author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, to appear on her prestigious New Blood panel at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival.[14] In 2019, it was shortlised for Best Debut Novel at the Strand Magazine Critics Awards[15] and longlisted for The Glass Bell Award.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bloomsbury.com. "The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Costa Book Awards | Behind the beans | Costa Coffee". www.costa.co.uk. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Recent Successes | Marsh Agency". Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  4. ^ Illingworth, Harry (22 August 2019). "Some excellent news: @stu_turton's The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle has now sold over 200,000 copies in the UK alone! What a bloody brilliant achievement and huge congratulations also to @Alison_Edits and @BloomsburyRaven on phenomenal work". @harryillers. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  5. ^ Flood, Alison (7 January 2019). "Costa first novel award winner recalls 'awful' time writing his book". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Is the name any sort of homage to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo". goodreads.com. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  7. ^ Turton, Stuart (11 January 2019). "Stuart Turton on Widnes: 'It was famous for its smell. On bad days, the air punched you in the nose'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Long march to mutual understanding". The Independent. 20 November 2003. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Costa Book Awards | Behind the beans | Costa Coffee". www.costa.co.uk. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Win £100/€120 of National Book Tokens by voting in the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2018". National Book Tokens. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Shortlists". National Book Awards. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  12. ^ "2019 Fiction Debut Book of the Year | British Book Awards | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  13. ^ "The Crime Writers' Association". thecwa.co.uk. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  14. ^ "New Blood". Harrogate International Festivals. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  15. ^ "And the Nominees Are... The Nominees for the 2019 Strand Critics Awards | Strand Magazine". Strand Mag. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  16. ^ Books, Goldsboro (23 July 2019). "The Home of Signed First Editions". Goldsboro Books. Retrieved 23 July 2019.