Among Thieves through to the finals of The People's Book Prize

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Congratulations to Mez Packer, whose debut Among Thieves has won the October heat of The People’s Book Prize!

Among Thieves beat off competition from prize-winning Welsh writer Fflur Dafydd, and winner of the 2008 Mail on Sunday Novel competition Isabel Ashdown, storming home at first place in the fiction category with an impressive 192 votes. The prize is particularly special because it is voted for by the general public, and so gives readers the opportunity to show their appreciation for books they have loved. Thanks to all of you who got stuck in and voted for Among Thieves!

Mez’s book will now go through as a finalist to the annual People’s Book Prize Awards in July next year – we’re keeping our fingers crossed for her!

In the meantime, there is a chance to win tickets to the ceremony in July – all you have to do is head over to the People’s Book Prize and vote for your favourite of the current selection. Each month, 12 voters will be selected at random for prizes, including tickets to the Awards night. There are three other brilliant Tindal Street titles up for the vote – Heartland by Anthony Cartwright, Tell it to the Bees by Fiona Shaw, and Beauty by Raphael Selbourne – and voting on these books is open until the end of January. If you’ve read one or more of the books and enjoyed them, please do get involved – you never know, you might come away with a prize yourself!

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