Buzzing with success: University of Leicester student wins major award for debut novel

Posted by hct16 at Jun 07, 2013 02:10 PM |
Alexander Maskill, University of Leicester Politics student, wins the 2013 Terry Pratchett prize for first novel, with “The Hive”
Buzzing with success: University of Leicester student wins major award for debut novel

Credit: Luigi Novi via Wikipedia

Alexander Maskill, a Politics student at the University of Leicester, has scooped a prestigious award for his debut novel, The Hive. Written in just five months, Alexander has won a £20,000 publishing contract through the "Anywhere but Here, Anywhen but Now First Novel Prize", launched by Sir Terry Pratchett (pictured) in 2011.

Shortlist entries for the award came from all over the world, with two entrants flying in from Australia to attend the prize ceremony. Sir Terry Pratchett was joined by a team of judges who were amazed at the exceptionally high standard of entries. However, Mr Maskill’s novel was deemed truly outstanding.

Dubbed ‘unique and original’ by Sir Terry, The Hive is a compelling story which takes the reader to New Cairo, a city built on technology threatened by a powerful new computer virus. The narrative follows Zala Ulora, a criminal and gifted hacker, who must trace the virus to his source before the city is destroyed.

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