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Porter’s ‘Firefly’ wins 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize

In the UK, English writer Henry Porter has won the £15,000 (A$27,250) Wilbur Smith Adventure Prize for his novel Firefly (Quercus).

Firefly follows a highly intelligent 13-year-old Syrian refugee who is on the run from an Isis terror cell, and the MI6 agent tasked with locating him.

Porter’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of six, which included Australian writer Jock Serong‘s novel Preservation (Text).

The prize for best unpublished manuscript went to English writer Cecily Blench, for ‘What We Did at the End’. Blench receives a publishing deal with Bonnier Books UK.

For more information about the prize, visit the website.


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