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Norwich-based author Eimear McBride wins UK’s oldest literary award

Eimear McBride at The Book Hive in Norwich with her new book The Lesser Bohemians. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Eimear McBride at The Book Hive in Norwich with her new book The Lesser Bohemians. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

Eimear McBride has been awarded the James Tait Black prize for her second novel, The Lesser Bohemians.

Eimear McBride at The Book Hive to talk about her new book The Lesser Bohemians.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY Eimear McBride at The Book Hive to talk about her new book The Lesser Bohemians. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Irish novelist, who lives in Norwich with her husband and daughter, won the award at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, alongside Scottish writer, Laura Cumming.

Ms Cumming and Ms McBride won the biography and fiction awards respectively, which are given annually by the University of Edinburgh.

The James Tait Black prize was founded in 1919 by Janet Coats Black and is the country’s oldest literary award. Previously it has been presented to big names such as D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and Ian McEwan.

The Lesser Bohemians is the story of an 18-year-old Irish student, who moves to London to study drama and becomes romantically involved with an older actor.

McBride’s debut novel, A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing, published by independent Norfolk company, Galley Beggar Press, was also a big success, scooping the Baileys women’s prize for fiction, the Desmond Elliott prize and the Goldsmiths prize back in 2014.

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