Sam Byers wins Betty Trask Award

UEA alumnus Sam Byers has been awarded a £3,750 Betty Trask Award for his first novel ‘Idiopathy’, which was published by Fourth Estate last year. Sam graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2003 and completed his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing earlier this year. He is a regular reviewer for the TLS and has previously published fiction in Tank, Blank Pages, and Granta, where an extract from ‘Idiopathy’ was featured in the ‘Britain’ issue in 2013. ‘Idiopathy’ was included as one of the Waterstones 11, an annual list of the eleven best debut novels and was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the 2014 Desmond Elliott Award

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