The Bee Sting by UEA alumnus Paul Murray has won the fiction category winner of the Nero Book Awards. Paul (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001. He published his first novel An Evening of Long Goodbyes in 2003. This was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Kerry Irish Fiction Award. His second novel Skippy Dies was published in 2009 and was nominated for numerous awards, including the Costa Novel Award, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing, and (in the United States) the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was also longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. His third novel The Mark and the Void was published in 2015 and was the co-winner of the 2016 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction. Most recently, The Bee Sting was selected as a finalist of the Kirkus Prize in the fiction category and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was also recently announced as a Times Best Novel of the Year. The Nero Book Awards are in their inaugural year and seek to celebrate the craft of great writing and the joy of reading. The overall winner of the Nero Gold prize, to be announced on 14 March, will be awarded an additional £30,000.