Praise for As the Women Lay Dreaming:

'A powerful novel… A poignant exploration of love, loss and survivor’s guilt.'
Nick Rennison, Sunday Times

'It’s the kind of book you want to read again as soon as you finish it,
because you know there is so much that will be revealed on that second reading.'

Alan Massie, The Scotsman

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Donald S Murray has a new chance of an award after being longlisted for an award for a debut novel from the Historical Writers Association.

The associations is made up of authors, publishers and agents of historical writing, both fiction and non-fiction who created the Association to provide professional and social support to  members, and to create opportunities online and in person for members to meet with readers, fellow writers and enthusiasts for all things historical.

"If you’re a published author, a publisher or an agent, please consider joining us – our criteria are laid out below. If you are a library or bookshop looking for speakers, you can find authors of great historical writing in your area and if you’re a reader, come along to our events and literary festivals, like our facebook page, follow us on twitter and read our fantastic magazine Historia.

"You can also search our membership for writers who specialise in a certain period so if you are a fan of Vikings, Gladiators, Tudors or Victorians you’ll find new and exciting authors here."

The nomination is for As the Women Lay Dreaming, described in the citation as "a passionate, atmospheric and evocative novel inspired by the Iolaire disaster" that "explores how an event can have a dramatic impact on communities."

The award is for the best historical novel by a first-time fiction author first published in the UK in English.  The judges are Elizabeth Fremantle, Susan Heads & Ayo Onatade (Chair)

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