Monday, November 21, 2016
One Minute to Midnight is listed!! Assalamualaikum readers, old & new! Earlier thi...
|One Minute to Midnight is listed!!|
Assalamualaikum readers, old & new!
Earlier this year, I was thrilled to have received a startling notice informing me of how my second novel One Minute to Midnight, which had been published in 2015 by Jemari Seni (an independent book publisher based in Malaysia) has been selected amongst other two local English fictions to represent Malaysia for the International Dublin Literary Award 2017. Today, the official #DubLitAward 2017 longlist has been released and thus I'm beyond excited to formally share this excellent news with you (especially those who've been sincerely following my progress for the past 2 years of my author's life).
What is the International Dublin Literary Award?
The International DUBLIN Literary Award is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English. The Award is sponsored by Dublin City Council, the municipal government of Dublin, and administered by Dublin City Public Libraries. The Award aims to promote excellence in world literature. Nominations are submitted by library systems in major cities throughout the world. The award is now in its 22nd year. The Lord Mayor of Dublin is Patron of the Award.
- All of the novels nominated for the Award are available for readers to borrow from Dublin’s public libraries.
- The most recent winner of the award is Akhil Sharma for Family Life.
- The prize is €100,000 which is awarded to the author if the book is written in English. If the winning book is in English translation, the author receives €75,000 and the translator, €25,000. The winner also receives a trophy provided by Dublin City Council.
- The shortlist will be published on 11thApril 2017 and the Lord Mayor will announce the winner on 21st June.
Looking through the list of books nominated, I couldn't help noticing how most of the authors are hands down, some of the best writers in the world of literature. Take Kristin Hannah, Paula Hawkins or Kazuo Ishiguro for example, they are all excellent writers and they've possibly sold more copies than I've had in the past few months. It's surreal to think that I'm even on the list! Although I must say, I am hugely and immensely grateful to see my book amongst the 147 titles nominated from a total of 40 countries worldwide and to see local fictions climbing the ladders straight up to an International level, it's just a feeling that is all too warm and cosy. It's the very idea that your humble work is finally recognised on a large scale that is the most electrifying. Alhamdulillah.
I hope, winning or not, this will be a great start for much more to come.
Read the full press release HERE.
|One of the reviews for One Minute to Midnight|
About the Book:
One last moment.
A second chance.
And the clock is ticking...
A second chance.
And the clock is ticking...
The fortuitous events of meeting her future husband, and eventually, becoming a young mother herself, has unexpectedly shed some light on Sasha’s mixed and confused emotional well-being – she knows it has something to do with her past. A grainy truth that nearly costs her life. But she is determined to put it behind her and move on, until the unexpected happens.
Her son is diagnosed with a terminal illness, and suddenly, Sasha is whirled back to where she started; to the memories she’d rather forget. Bombarded with the excruciating, long list of unmatched donors, and the inevitability that her only child has little time left, she is forced to track her way back to the family she no longer wishes to be associated with.
Growing up as a shadow child, can Sasha fit the pieces of jigsaw back together and will she be able to make amend with the woman of her past? Can she do it in time, before everything becomes too late?
One Minute to Midnight is a piercing, heart-breaking portrayal of how one sinful mistake between two persons would lead to a life-threatening situation of a third.
**Previously, my debut After the Storm has also made it into the list for Popular Reader's Choice Award 2015 (read about it HERE)
I'm ending this post with a little bit of words of appreciation as I'm sure, this baby step I'm taking is not only a prominent result of my hard works but also to those who've been nothing but a firm supporter from the start, either directly or indirectly.
First of all, I'd like to thank Allah for this huge surprise He'd sent my way. You've made things possible and I couldn't be any less grateful. Secondly, I'd like to thank National Library of Malaysia for placing my book for the nomination of this year's #DubLitAward and also to my publisher Jemari Seni, for making this to happen with your constant acceptance and guidance over the years. Secondly, to my lovely readers, friends and acquaintances. Thank you for all of your kind wishes. Lastly, to my beloved family. Thank you for believing in me when sometimes, I would think this journey is not for me.
Thank you all! See you, readers in my next post ♥♥♥