Branford Boase Winner

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The Traitor Game by B R Collins, edited by Emma Matthewson and published by Bloomsbury, has won the Branford Boase Award, awarded for an outstanding debut novel for children. The Traitor Game encompasses issues of bullying, homosexuality and peer pressure.


B R Collins lives in Tunbridge Wells in Kent and is 27 years old. Her second novel is scheduled for publication by Bloomsbury in September 2009.

She said, "I am really delighted to have won the Branford Boase Award - it's a huge honour, especially given the quality of the other books on the shortlist. It's wonderful for me to get such a vote of confidence at the beginning of my career, and it's also especially pleasing that I'm sharing the award with Emma Matthewson, who thoroughly deserves it. She's been a fantastic editor, and I'm grateful to her for her insights, intelligence and knack of asking all the right questions... not to mention her tact! The Branford Boase is a really special prize, and I'm so proud and happy to have won it. "

Editor Emma Matthewson said "I couldn't be more pleased for Bridget, who I truly believe has an incredible voice; it is working with an extraordinary writer such as Bridget that makes being an editor such a joy. The Branford Boase Award is such a wonderful opportunity for exciting new writing to be recognised, and I am thrilled and honoured to have won this award - and to win in the Branford Boase's 10th year makes it extra special. Happy 10th birthday, Branford Boase. Here's to another 10 years!"


Jacqueline Wilson, former Children's Laureate, presented B R Collins with her award (a cheque for £1000 and a hand crafted silver-inlaid box) at the ceremony, hosted by Walker Books at 6.00pm on Thursday 9th July.

The judging panel, chaired by Julia Eccleshare, included John Dunne, Librarian, Caroline Horn of the Bookseller, Jane Churchill of the Cheltenham Literary Festival and last year's winner, author of Before I Die, Jenny Downham.


The annual Branford Boase Award celebrates the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first-time novelist, and highlights the importance of the editor in nurturing new authors. The winning author receives a cheque for £1000, and both author and editor receive a handcrafted hardwood box in the shape of a book, inlaid in silver with the Branford Boase logo.

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