Australian Glenda Guest wins Commonwealth Writer’s Prize

Courier Mail,13 April 2010


Australian Glenda Guest wins Commonwealth Writer’s Prize

AUSTRALIAN author Glenda Guest’s Siddon Rock has been named best first book as part of the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Guest collected $8,250 yesterday following judging in New Delhi for the awards, organised by the Commonwealth Foundation.

Siddon Rock explores the effect of World War II on a small Australian town after a nurse who was caught up on the front returns home.

“I’m standing here like a stunned mullet,” Guest told The Guardian.

“It’s not about the money, it’s not about the credit, it’s about being given verification that this is any good, that I can actually write.”

UK-born writer Rana Dasgupta, who lives in India, won the best book prize for Solo.

Commonwealth Foundation director Mark Collins said: “The two books chosen by the judges are ones that take us on unexpected journeys and challenge our conventional assumptions.”