I'll never make a litblogger with street cred at this rate! The regional winners of the Commonwealth Writer's Prize were announced days ago and I was clearly sleeping on the job.
I'll just cut to the chase. Our Tash has done us proud yet again with a win in the Best First Book category for the South East Asia and South Pacific region. (Australian Writer Kate Grenville won for the best book overall with The Secret River)
Zadie Smith won Best Book Prize for the Eurasia region for On Beauty while Donna Daley-Clarke won the Best First Book Award for Lazy Eye. (I've just noticed incidentally, that Daley-Clarke is yet another UEA grad. But of course, creative writing courses don't help anyone, do they?)
The overall winner will be announced March 14th in Melbourne.