Picador is delighted to congratulate Stuart Evers, joint winner of the 2018 Eccles British Library Writer’s Award. 

Now in its seventh year, The Eccles British Library Writer’s Award was set up as part of the Eccles Centre’s charge to promote awareness of the British Library collections relating to the USA, Canada and the Caribbean, and to help facilitate the use of these collections.   Evers and fellow winner author, librettist and screenwriter Tessa McWatt, will use the British Library’s collections to research their upcoming publications during their residency, which starts in January 2018. 

Evers, will be researching his novel, The Disappearances, the story of Thomas Lodge, and his determination to write the definitive account of history’s most confounding disappearances.  Lodge has dedicated his life to researching and solving cases that have baffled experts for decades. But what becomes The Disappearances is far from the book he intended to write – and with the past closing in on him, presenting clear parallels with his own experience, Lodge finally leaves the library and heads out into the real world.  There he will confront what he has lost, and come to terms with how it came to disappear. 

McWatt will be researching a memoir entitled, Porous: A Memoir of Race and Stories, in which she will set out to explore the hybridity of her racial and cultural heritage, and to try to understand the social whiteness, political blackness and cultural duality of the privilege she has.The book will trace the history of her ancestry by embracing and undermining race at the same time, by tracing her heritage through investigating the factual context for the mythical family tales in a trail of DNA from Britain, Europe, Africa, India, China and the indigenous people of British Guiana.  

  • Stuart Evers’ first book, Ten Stories About Smoking  won the London Book Award in 2011 and his highly acclaimed first novel, If This is Home followed in 2012.  His most recent collection, Your Father Sends His Love was shortlisted for the 2016 Edge Hill Short Story Prize.