UofG Grad shortlisted for £15,000 Adventure Writing Prize

Issued: Fri, 18 May 2018 09:25:00 BST

‌UofG graduate Maggie Ritchie’s literary romantic thriller, Looking for Evelyn, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2018.

Maggie Richie

It is one of six novels recognised by the prize, which celebrates the best adventure writing. The winner’s prize money is £15,000.

Maggie said: “I’m so pleased that Saraband agreed to publish Looking for Evelyn, so pleased people are buying it, and unbelievably thrilled that I have been shortlisted for an award sponsored by such a talented and successful author.” 

Published in 2017, Looking for Evelyn combines inspiration from both her childhood memories of life in Africa and her experience as a journalist.

Telling the dramatic story of two women who uncover the scandalous secrets that shattered a remote expatriate outpost in the Zambian bush in the 1970s, Maggie’s book powerfully evokes the very special colours, sounds and smells of Africa.

Maggie completed the Creating Writing MLitt in 2011. Her debut novel, Paris Kiss , won the Curtis Brown Prize, was runner-up for the Sceptre Prize and was long-listed in the Mslexia First Novel Competition. 

The winner of the £15,000 prize will be announced at a special ceremony in London on September 20.