Lead Review

  • Book: Apple Tree Yard
  • Location: London
  • Author: Louise Doughty

Review Author: tripfiction

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If a prologue to a novel is to whet the reader’s appetite, Louise Doughty provides irresistible temptation with the opening of Apple Tree Yard… A compelling read … Recollection, interspersed with the growing tension as the trial plays out in the Old Bailey, provides a perfectly dovetailed structure. But within the thriller framework lies a wealth of acutely observed detail, a dissection of social attitudes and an examination of lust, trust, predatory sex, risky behaviour and responsibility … there is considerably more to Apple Tree Yard than thrilling narrative alone. (Herald)

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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