‘The Chimes’ wins best novel at World Fantasy Awards 2016
New Zealand author Anna Smaill’s debut novel The Chimes (Sceptre) has won the 2016 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, announced on 30 October at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio.
The Chimes is set in a near-future London in which writing has been outlawed and people communicate through music, and follows teenage orphan Simon ‘as he seeks to understand the truth about his parents and a mysterious and sinister illness that renders the population around him amnesiac’.
The Chimes was also longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize.
As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Australians Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein (Letters to Tiptree, Twelfth Planet) and Helen Young (‘Tales after Tolkien Society’) were nominated in the ‘Special Award, Nonprofessional’ category.