Local author in running for literary prize

October 02 2018

When author Ali Bacon heard her latest book had been longlisted for The People’s Book Prize, she was absolutely delighted but a bit puzzled that In the Blink of an Eye, published earlier this year by Linen Press had been listed as non-fiction.

Ali said: “I can see why there might be some confusion, because the book is based on a true story and most of the people in it are real historical figures. But I most definitely made the rest of it up.”

Despite her surprise, Ali is still thrilled to be in the competition that was developed as an alternative to existing prizes where winners are decided by a small committee of experts. 

Ali said: "In The People’s Book Prize, prizes are decided by readers and any member of the public can vote online.”

Ali’s book, set in Victorian Edinburgh, recreates the life of a Victorian artist and photographer and has been described as elegant, fascinating and profoundly moving.

The closing date for the first round of voting is October 15th. If you would like to vote for In the Blink of an Eye, it’s in the non-fiction section at https://peoplesbookprize.com.

The book is available from Linen Press, or you can contact Ali direct on 07800760624 .