Sunjeev Sahota's The Year of the Runaways has taken home both The Encore Award and the South Bank Sky Arts Award for literature this week. 

Sahota's Man Booker shortlisted second novel, The Year of the Runaways, is about the experience of three migrant workers in Sheffield. Sweeping between India and England, and between childhood and the present day, it tells of the bold dreams and daily struggles of an unlikely family thrown together by circumstance.

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards, which celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, recognise every area of the arts, with awards for Literature, Dance, TV Drama, Film, Classical Music, Comedy, Pop, Opera, Visual Art and Theatre. Previous Literature Award winners include Kate Atkinson for Life After Life and Hilary Mantel for Bring Up The Bodies. The award ceremony will be shown on Sky Arts on 8 June and a full list of this year’s winners is available here

The Encore Award, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last week, is given to the year's most outstanding second novel. See the full list of nominees here

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