In breaking news, Struck by Joss Stirling (Oxford University Press) has become the first YA novel to win Romantic Novel of the Year in the UK. Stirling was presented with the £5000 (A$9676) prize at the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) ceremony in London on 16 March. Struck also won the award for Young Adult Romantic Novel of the Year.
Struck takes place at an exclusive British boarding school and follows an investigation into the school’s affairs by US student Raven Stone and the ‘enigmatic’ Kieran Storm. Joss Stirling is a multi-award winning writer for children and young adults who also writes under the pen names Julia Goulding and Eve Edwards.
RNA chair Pia Fenton said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled that a Young Adult book has won the overall award of Romantic Novel of the Year. It’s such an exciting sub-genre which has been embraced by both teenage and adult readers during the last few years.’
Struck is available worldwide from Amazon and other booksellers.
The week’s quirkiest news story also came out of the UK. Dr Brooke Magnanti, aka Belle du Jour, is suing her ex-boyfriend for saying she was not a prostitute. No, that is not a typo. You can read the full story about this London call girl’s umbrage at having her honour defended on the Booktopia Blog. There has to be a novel in that somewhere … just not sure it will be romance.
In other news, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced that a survey of 1209 publishers found that net revenue increased in 2014 by 4.9% to US$15.72 billion. Overall revenue for ebooks also increased, by 4.7% to US$1.58 billion. LONG LIVE THE BOOK in all its formats! Catch all the stats at Publisher’s Weekly.