Saturday, October 2, 2021


Debut author Clare Whitfield has been awarded the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award 2021 for People of Abandoned Character.

People of Abandoned Character was announced as the winner live at a party at Goldsboro Books at 7.00pm on Thursday 30th September, beating Colum McCann’s Booker-nominated Apeirogon; the New York Times bestselling The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Daré; and The Devil and the Dark Water, the second novel from Costa-winner Stuart Turton. Also shortlisted were Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi, acclaimed as an inventive and exciting reworking of the detective novel and The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant, a fantastical reimagining of the French Revolution featuring the characters of Les Misérables. Whitfield was awarded £2,000 and a beautiful, handmade glass bell.

Founded in 2017 by David Headley, the co-founder and Managing Director of Goldsboro Books, the Glass Bell is awarded annually to a compelling novel, of any genre – from romance and thrillers, to historical, speculative and literary fiction – with brilliant characterisation and a distinct voice that is confidently written and assuredly realised.

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