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Friday, October 09, 2009

Mal Peet wins 2009 Guardian children's fiction prize

Mal Peet wins 2009 Guardian children's fiction prizeA modern retelling of Othello, in which the Moor of Venice and his wife Desdemona are transformed into the South American equivalent of Posh and Becks, has won this year's Guardian children's fiction prize. Mal Peet's Exposure beat authors including Terry Pratchett to win the GBP1,500 prize. "It feels absolutely great – I've always had my eye on the Guardian prize but it's always evaded me," said Peet. "My books have never even made the shortlist before, and I'd always sit at home gnashing my teeth and tearing my hair."

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