. From the long list of seven books we are now delighted to announce the shortlist of three books, in no particular order:

 

The Unfortunate Captain Pierce – Philip Browne

Secret of the Song – Cathie Hartigan

Requiem for Private Hughes – Chip Tolson

 

From these our final judges will select the winner who will be announced on 12th July 2018 at an award ceremony at the Duchess of Cornwall, Poundbury at 6.00pm. The guest of honor will be Kate Adie who will interview each of the three finalists before inviting them to read a short extract from their book. Kate will then reveal the winner and present the £1000 prize.

Janet Gleeson: 18th Jun 2018 13:49:00

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