Debut writer Amy Sackville wins literary award

Amy Sackville Amy Sackville was also longlisted for the Orange Prize For Fiction

A debut novelist has been named the winner of one of the UK's oldest literary prizes for her book, The Still Point, at a London ceremony.

Amy Sackville, 29, collected the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for her work The Still Point.

Chairman of the judges Claire Allfree said: "Her ambitious, beautifully constructed book encapsulates all the qualities of a young, emerging writer."

The prize is awarded to authors who are aged 35 or under.

Sir Andrew Motion, Margaret Drabble and William Boyd are among the previous winners.

Sackville, who also collected a cheque for £5,000, is a graduate of the creative writing course at Goldsmiths, University of London.

She also studied English and theatre studies at Leeds University, followed by a masters at Oxford before taking a job in publishing.

The Still Point begins as a tale about a failed attempt to conquer the North Pole before moving 100 years ahead to focus on the explorer's great-great niece.

Earlier this year Sackville was longlisted for the Orange Prize For Fiction prize.

Ms Allfree added of Sackville's work: "It has a huge imaginative scope, it tells its story in unexpected, subtle ways and her use of language took our breath away."

The prize, which is managed by reading charity Booktrust, was founded in 1942 in honour of the writer John Llewellyn Rhys, who was killed in action during World War II.

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