The Montegrappa Prize has proved adept at identifying great writers among the UAE’s writing population. With the fifth group of winners announced earlier in the day, four past winners join the prize’s judge and co-founder, literary agent Luigi Bonomi, for a look at how their careers are going so far and what they have learned from becoming published writers.
Luigi Bonomi is the
founder of Luigi Bonomi Associates, where he represents authors including John
Humphrys, Esther Rantzen and Alan Titchmarsh.
Charlotte Butterfield was a runner-up in the 2016 competition and is the latest to have a book published – her debut, Me, You and Tiramisu, launched in this very session!
Rachel Hamilton was a runner up in the first competition with The Case
of the Exploding Loo; the third instalment in her hilarious
Unicorn in New York series, Louie in a Spin, has just been published.
PR professional and a runner-up in the 2016 competition; her first book will be
the forthcoming When I Wake Up
Annabel Kantaria won the inaugural prize in 2013 with Coming Home; she followed this with The Disappearance in 2016 and is working on her third book.
Lucy Strange’s debut The Secret of Nightingale Wood was recently published, after being a runner-up in the 2014 competition, and immediately found fame as a Waterstones Book of the Month.