Lisa Jewell wins the Melissa Nathan Award

As a follow up to the article by Joanna Trollope on the delights of ‘Wit Lit’, Publishing News have a report today that Lisa Jewell has won the Melissa Nathan Award.

LISA JEWELL TOOK the top prize for her novel 31 Dream Street (Penguin) at the second annual Melissa Nathan Awards for Comedy Romance this week. Her novel won the ‘Tesco Best Comedy Romance’, and she was presented with a trophy and cheque for £5,000 at the ceremony at London’s Studio Valbonne.
   Other awards were given for:

Best Bastard: Sebastian in A Girl’s Guide to Kissing Frogs by Victoria Clayton (Harper);

Best Bitch: Helen in Heaven Sent by Christina Jones (Piatkus);

Most Loveable Heroine: Lucy in The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neill (Arrow);

Best First Kiss: Hippy Chick by Louise Harwood (Pan) and

Best Happy Ever After: The Chocolate Lover’s Diet by Carole Matthews (Headline). 

   The Melissa Nathan Awards for Comedy Romance are “the UK’s only literary awards dedicated to the genre of comedy romance”, and were created by Andrew Saffron in memory of his late wife, best-selling novelist Melissa Nathan.
   Gaynor Allen, Head Book Buyer for Tesco said: “Tesco are delighted to sponsor the Best Comedy Romance Award at the 2008 Melissa Nathan Awards for Comedy Romance. The whole genre is very popular with our customers, with Melissa’s books continuing to be a firm favourite.”

Congratulations to ALL of the shortlisted authors and the winners.