Happy publication day to Sammy Wright and his debut novel, Fit, published by And Other Stories.
The novel, which won the 2020 Northern Book Prize, is described as “Charting the impact on a small community of a girl being plucked by happenstance from her foster home and dropped into a dazzling new life as a London model, Fit is a moving, tragic, but ultimately hopeful look at the ways in which poverty and neglect can echo through a life . . . even after you think you’ve gotten your fairy-tale ending.”
Actor, Maxine Peake calls Fit “a brilliant song to young people raging against their lot – tender yet unsentimental, and a joy to read”, while writer, Naomi Booth says: “This story haunted me. Wright’s young characters are complex and vividly alive – they’re ingenious, irreverent, intoxicated, traumatised, grieving, violent, vulnerable. Fit presents a picture of contemporary life in the north of England that is by turns tender and deeply unsettling.”
Many congratulations to Sammy and we wish him great success with the novel which, judging by the early reviews it is receiving, is set to find lots of readers.
Sammy Wright was shortlisted for the 2012 Bristol Short Story Prize with his story, Symmetry. It is published in our Volume 5 anthology by Tangent Books and available here: https://www.tangentbooks.co.uk/shop/bristol-short-story-prize-volume-5