Boy A wins World Book Day prize
March 06, 2008
, the novel by Jonathan Trigell that was recently adapted by Mark O'Rowe
as Cuba Pictures' debut production, has won the first 'Book to Talk About' prize on World Book Day, 6 March 2008. The book received 21% of all votes cast for a shortlist of 10 books. The prize is given to novels that readers love but have been overlooked by the mainstream, and Jonathan Trigell receives a £5,000 prize.
Boy A, published by Serpent's Tail, also won the 2004 John Llewellyn Rhys prize. The Channel 4 film produced by Cuba Pictures starred Peter Mullan and Andrew Garfield.
The novel follows the story of Jack, who has spent most of his life in
juvenile prisons, having committed a horrific childhood crime. Now aged
24, he is ready to be released from prison, with a new job and a new
identity waiting for him. Yet he struggles in an alien adult world of
which he has no experience at all.