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Hazel Gaynor’s The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter longlisted for 2019 HWA Gold Crown

Article by Writing IE Admin © 8 August 2019 Writing.ie .
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Hazel Gaynor’s The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter (HarperFiction) has been longlisted for the 2019 HWA Gold Crown for the best historical novel published in the last year, as announced recently by the Historical Writers Association. The judges called The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter ‘A beautifully-written and moving account, underpinned by a melancholic pull of love and loss.’

Thirty-six outstanding history and historical fiction books enter the race for the top prizes in three categories as the 2019 HWA Crown Awards longlists are announced. The HWA Crown Awards are divided into three categories: the HWA Gold Crown; the HWA Non-Fiction Crown; and the HWA Debut Crown. The shortlist will be announced on 4th September. Further information available here.


About The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter:

1838: when a terrible storm blows up off the Northumberland coast, Grace Darling, the lighthouse-keeper’s daughter, knows there is little chance of survival for the passengers on the small ship battling the waves. But her actions set in motion an incredible feat of bravery that echoes down the century.

1938: when nineteen-year-old Matilda Emmerson sails across the Atlantic to New England, she faces an uncertain future. Staying with her reclusive relative, Harriet Flaherty, a lighthouse keeper on Rhode Island, Matilda discovers a discarded portrait that opens a window on to a secret that will change her life forever.

‘Exquisite… a clear head and shoulders above the rest’ Sunday Independent
‘Compelling… I can’t recommend this one highly enough.’ Gill Paul
‘This exquisite, thoroughly researched book places (Gaynor) a clear head and shoulders above the rest. Sunday Independent
‘A splendid read… Not to be missed.’ Kate Quinn ( New York Times Bestselling Author of The Alice Network)

Order your copy online here.