Day centres on a traumatised second world war tail gunner, and you can read an extract here.
Chair of the judges, Joanna Trollope called the book:
... a perfectly and beautifully written novel. ... a masterpiece ...and declared Kennedy:
Kennedy used her acceptance speech to make a plea for fair treatment for authors and issued a strong pro-literacy message. Her impassioned plea to her audience:
If you genuinely care about reading and books, defend them.When Kennedy is not writing, she works as a stand-up comedian,
*Oops. Got this sort of wrong. See Rob's correction in the comments.
Post-win, Kennedy is interviewed by Stuart Jeffries in the Guardian, and Fiona Sampson on the Guardian blog pays tribute.
I've also really enjoyed Ariffa Akbar's piece in the Independent which brings this unique, funny, haunted, complex woman to life. (I am much tickled that her strongest ambition now is to be allowed to write episodes of Dr. Who! I'd like to lobby for that.)