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Cromer publisher celebrates author’s national fiction award success

PUBLISHED: 06:30 27 June 2014 | UPDATED: 10:00 27 June 2014

Cromer based publishing company, Salt Publishing run by Chris and Jen Hamilton-Emery, which is celebrating a second award success.  

Cromer based publishing company, Salt Publishing run by Chris and Jen Hamilton-Emery, which is celebrating a second award success. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY


Cromer-based Salt Publishing has scooped a national prize for its latest book.

Lesley Glaister, author of Little Egypt.Lesley Glaister, author of Little Egypt.

Little Egypt penned by Lesley Glaister won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize - awarded to eight British writers for outstanding works.

Each winner receives £5,000 plus national promotion through bookshops and live events across the country.

Publisher, Jen Hamilton-Emery (pictured with husband Chris) said: “This is fantastic news, I’m so delighted for Lesley – she has been writing for years and really deserves this recognition.

“Little Egypt is, I reckon, her best book. It is a gripping, darkly-humorous, page-turner. And I’m thrilled that Salt has shown once again that small presses can hold their own alongside the big publishing houses.

Little Egypt book cover.Little Egypt book cover.

Salt was founded in 1999 and publishes a range of fiction, including the Best British Short Stories annual anthology, and a new Modern Dreams ebook series.

In 2012, Salt’s book, The Lighthouse by Alison Moore, was shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize.

Both Lesley Glaister and Alison Moore are reading at this year’s Voewood Festival on August 16 and 17 .

Little Egypt tells the tale of a once a well-to-do country house, which has become derelict and trapped on a small island of land between a railway, a dual carriageway and a superstore.

Twins Isis and Osiris live there guarding a terrible secret.

Lesley Glaister spent much of her childhood in Felixstowe and now lives in Scotland. Little Egypt is her 13th book.

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