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Concorde Book Award 2019

For the first time in the award’s history, two authors have shared first place in South Gloucestershire’s literature prize for young people the Concorde Book Award.


Murder mystery thriller One of us is Lying, by Karen M McManus, and the moving and powerful novel Paper Butterflies, by Lisa Heathfield, have both been chosen as the 2019 winners. The two authors beat off competition from four other shortlisted young people’s fiction titles to jointly claim the coveted award.


Receiving the award at a gala event at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, ‘Paper Butterflies’ author Lisa Heathfield said: “’I’m incredibly honoured to have won the Concorde Book Award 2019, particularly as it was voted for by teen readers. And it was such a special event – meeting the fantastic students and sharing their love of books. I spend my days writing away at my kitchen table, so it really is a dream come true to hear their love for Paper Butterflies.’


This year’s 6 shortlisted books were nominated by young people across South Gloucestershire and are free to borrow from any South Gloucestershire Library, just click on the title:

You can Click & Collect from your nearest library for free with an U18s library card.

The Concorde Book Award is for anyone in years 7 to 9 at secondary school. What is special about the award is that young people are very involved all the way through; from choosing the longlist and the winner to giving presentations at the award ceremony. Get involved by joining one of the book groups at your public or school library that are shadowing the award.

If you are not in a book group shadowing the award, you can still get involved by reading the shortlisted books, voting for your favourite book by World Book Day and attending the Award Ceremony.

If you’re not already a library member, it’s free and easy to join – come in for a first visit with a parent or carer so they can sign you up. Find out about your nearest library and its staffed opening hours.



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