Well, it got on the short list with some very distinguished novels (I thought George Alagiah’s The Burning Country would win). Of course Only the Dead didn’t win but it was an exciting and finally useful exercise: it attracted the attention of an enterprising London literary agent, Tom Cull of Cull&Co, and Tome is now busy marketing an espionage/thriller I finished recently: the Hormuz Concession, a book that draws a LOT on my personal background in the Middle East and in the international oil industry.. Good luck Tom!
Just heard that Only the Dead has been long listed for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Prize! Exciting and encouraging even though it’s a long shot. APRIL 3: now it’s been shortlisted along with 5 other very promising novels, and some well-known writers and media personalities… Very excited to have got there, not much hope for the prize given the fierce competition, but pleased to be in their company!