Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Author Sophie Neville has been longlisted for The Virginia Prize for Fiction, 2022


One of Sophie Neville's unpublished historical novels has been longlisted for The Virginia Prize for Fiction with seven other writers.  The bi-annual literary competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, so it has been a great honour to be included.

Sophie Neville

The competition is hosted by the award-winning publisher Aurora Metro Books who list Virginia Woolf along with their other ground-breaking writers such as Germaine Greer, Benjamin Zephaniah, Meera Syal, Sarah Waters, Kit de Waal, Philippa Gregory, AS Byatt, Claire Tomalin, Suchen Christine Lim and Jean-Claude Carriere.

'A Girl Called Redemption' is about a bright Tanganyikan girl who finds unexpected humour working as a cook on the tropical island of Zanzibar in the heady days leading up to Christmas 1963. The plot twists like the alleyways of Stone Town as revolution and the threat of conjugal slavery separate her from the man she grows to love. 

To read more about Sophie, please see her website here 




  1. This is brilliant news Sophie, and well deserved. Congratulations.

    1. I've really enjoyed writing the novel. It was tricky at times but I was hugely encouraged by my Beta readers who have kept me going.