Maria Semple’s ‘Where’d You go Bernadette’ wins 2013 Melissa Nathan Award

The winner of the Melissa Nathan Award 2013 is WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. This year the Award received a record entry of over 90 books. The judges were unanimous and enthusiastic in declaring WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple to be the winner, and declared it to be one of the funniest books ever to be submitted. Semple’s novel was also shortlisted for the Womens Prize for Fiction 2013.

The Melissa Nathan Award For Comedy Romance was set up in 2007 – honouring the criteria that Melissa drew up herself very shortly before she died from cancer in 2006 aged just 37. She wanted to encourage and reward writers who can combine in a novel the magical, life-enhancing elements of humour and love. She was a successful journalist who went on to become one of the best-selling comic romantic novelists of her generation. She wrote love stories aimed at young women – she focused on the world of work for the post-feminist generation in the hugely popular novels The Nanny (2002) and The Waitress (2004).

The other shortlisted titles for 2013 award were:

CHARLOTTE STREET by Danny Wallace (Ebury Press)

YOU HAD ME AT HELLO by Mhairi McFarlane (HarperCollins)

SUMMER DAYDREAMS by Carole Matthews (Sphere)

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell (Orion)

THE WEDDING DIARIES by Sam Binnie (HarperCollins)


Posted on July 26, 2013, in Authors, Awards, Book News. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Wendy at Wakefield Libraries

    I’ve just finished reading this and certainly enjoyed it. Not sure that it was the funniest book I’ve ever read, but certainly would recommend it to others.

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