ROMANTIC NOVELISTS' ASSOCIATION LONGLIST
The Romantic Novelists' Association today announced the long list for the Romantic Novel of the Year 2009. Whittled down from 156 submissions, a long list of 22 books up for the Romantic Novelists' Association award includes a number of lesser known authors as well as bestsellers, among whom are Cecelia Ahern, Harriet Evans, Victoria Hislop, Susanna Kearsley, Sophie Kinsella and Judith Lennox, who has previously been shortlisted.
The full long list can be seen on the RNA website here. The shortlist will be announced on January 13th.
Freya North, last year's winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year for Pillow Talk, sees winning the award as a career highlight and a real 'seal of approval'. Freya adds, "During the course of the year, messages of support and congratulations have continued to come in - from readers and the trade alike - and I'm proud to have won an award whose reputation is so widely acknowledged."