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Carly Holmes at the Allingham Festival's Award Ceremony

Carly Holmes at the Allingham Festival's Award Ceremony

"...beautifully written and perfectly resolved in under 800 words, a hard thing to achieve." - Anne Enright

Carly Holmes, whose Parthian-published novel The Scrapbook was shortlisted for the International Rubery Book Award last year, recently travelled to Ireland to receive a prize and give a reading at the Allingham Festival's Award Ceremony. Her story 'Wich' won 1st Place in their short story competition, judged by Booker Prize winner Anne Enright.

The Scrapbook is a novel about memory and the unreliability of memory. It’s about the tangled, often dysfunctional, bonds of family. And it’s about absence and the power that a void can exert over a person’s life. It has been widely praised by the critics and press.

‘Lovely writing that has been captured and nailed to the page in case it takes flight into poetry’ -Liz Whittaker

‘(A)n impressive debut novel from an extremely talented writer’ -Wales Arts Review
‘[A]n extremely readable debut. Mysterious, esoteric and compassionate… Beautifully controlled…’ -Buzz Magazine