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Achiltibuie Booker Prize finalist will head to London ceremony in November

By Margaret Chrystall

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Achiltibuie-based writer Sarah Bernstein hopes to make it to the Booker Prize awards in November, after being shortlisted along with five other writers.

Sarah Bernstein. Picture: Alice Meikle
Sarah Bernstein. Picture: Alice Meikle

Her book Study For Obedience was launched at the Ceilidh Place in Ullapool earlier this summer.

In August it was chosen for the longlist of 13 novels for the UK's biggest book prize, the Booker.

Study For Obedience is the second novel written by Sarah, a Montreal-born Canadian writer who lives near Achiltibuie and teaches modern and contemporary literature and creative writing at Strathclyde University

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Asked how it felt to hear her book had been shortlisted for the Booker, Sarah said: "It's all been a bit overwhelming – in a good way– and I have been especially excited about what it has meant for opportunities to see the book translated into foreign languages."

Study For Obedience by Sarah Bernstein.
Study For Obedience by Sarah Bernstein.

The book is published by Granta, the publisher including Sarah Bernstein on their latest iconic list of Best Young British Novelists under 40.

The writer's first novel The Coming Bad Days was published in 2021.

The Booker winner will be revealed on November 26 at a ceremony in London and will receive a prize of £50,000.

Sarah is expecting her first baby in a few weeks.

And she added: "I am planning to attend the ceremony, hopefully with a new-born in tow."

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