LONDON – British creator Susanna Clarke has gained the 2021 Ladies’s Prize for Fiction for her second novel Piranesi. The fantasy work is the long-awaited follow-up to her acclaimed 2004 debut Jonathan Unusual and Mr Norrell. Piranesi, a thriller a couple of man dwelling alone in a labyrinthine home, beat 5 different books to the £30,000 prize. Novelist Bernardine Evaristo, the chair of the judging panel, mentioned she and her fellow judges “needed to discover a e book that we’d press into readers’ arms”. She added: “Along with her first novel in 17 years, Susanna Clarke has given us a really authentic, sudden flight of fancy which melds genres and challenges preconceptions about what books needs to be.
“She has created a world past our wildest creativeness that additionally tells us one thing profound about what it’s to be human.” Clarke collected her award, a bronze figurine dubbed the Bessie, at a ceremony in central London on Thursday. The creator, who fell in poor health whereas selling her first e book and was finally identified with continual fatigue syndrome, devoted her win to different ladies “incapacitated by lengthy sickness”.
“As a few of you’ll know, Piranesi was nurtured, written and publicised throughout an extended sickness,” she informed the viewers.
“It’s the e book that I by no means thought I’d get to put in writing. I by no means thought I’d be effectively sufficient. So this feels doubly extraordinary.”