Jennings wins British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer

Kathleen Jennings won Best Newcomer category at the 2021 British Fantasy Awards for her Australian Gothic novel Fly away (Picador).

Jennings’ debut novel, chosen from a list of six, weaves magic and mystery into an Australian setting, following a young woman living in a declining city as she searches for her missing father and brothers.

Commenting on her victory, Jennings said: “I am honored and delighted to have received the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer to. Fly away. I never envisioned being shortlisted, let alone receiving, a British Fantasy Award, especially for an Australian Gothic book. It is a remarkable undertaking. I would like to congratulate all my shortlisted colleagues and thank the many people who made Fly away possible.’

Jennings is the first Australian to win the Best Newcomer award and the third Australian to win a British Fantasy Award in the 50-year history of the awards.

Fly away was shortlisted for the 2021 Queensland Courier-Mail People’s Choice Book of the Year and was a finalist for the 2021 World Fantasy Awards and the 2021 IAFA Crawford Award.

For more information on the British Fantasy Awards, see the website.

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