1 June 2012
The judges Alex Clark, Peter Parker and Kate Summerscale said of the novel:
“We were charmed by this warm-hearted comedy. Wild Abandon is set in a peculiar, semi-disintegrating commune, but despite the imperfections and delusions of its lead characters, it is never less than sympathetic to them all.”
Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. His debut novel, Submarine, won the Curtis Brown prize and has been translated into ten languages. His debut poetry pamphlet is published by Faber and Faber. His stories, poems and journalism have been published in the Guardian, the Independent, the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, Vice and Poetry Review. He lives in London.
The Encore Award fills a niche in the catalogue of literary prizes by celebrating the achievement of outstanding second novels, often neglected in comparison to the attention given to promising first books.
The Encore Award was first awarded in 1990 and is sponsored by Lucy Astor.
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