The Chernobyl Privileges has been Shortlisted for the Rubery Award

26/07/19 | By Gavin Lee Davies, Mr

John Hunt Publishing is proud to announce that The Chernobyl Privileges by Alex Lockwood has been Shortlisted for the Rubery Award.

The Chernobyl Privileges

What is the half-life of a secret? Arriving at midlife with a string of failed jobs behind him, Anthony Fahey knows he's lucky to be given a last chance as a radiation monitor at Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde, where Britains Trident nuclear weapons are kept. Already struggling to keep his marriage together after the death of his wife's father, Anthony finds himself at the centre of an emergency when an accident on a Trident submarine throws the base into crisis. But as the situation worsens as old memories and buried secrets from his childhood reach into the present, and Anthony begins to understand that it isn't only radiation that has a half-life. Inspired by real events, The Chernobyl Privileges is a searing psychological drama that depicts the traumatic experience of surviving the disaster. Both heart-warming and tragic, it explores the consequences of decisions we are forced to make and that shape our lives.

What is the Rubery Award?
The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self-published authors, and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges. Creative writing is such a key part of life for those who enjoy writing yet it is increasingly difficult to become traditionally published. Through our reputation of finding quality and outstanding books, we aim to bring recognition to the works that win and heighten an author's profile. The Rubery Prize is a well-established name in the publishing world.

Alex Lockwood
Alex Lockwood is a writer and scholar living in the North of England. A former international journalist reporting from Albania to Zambia, he writes regularly for The Millions, The Guardian, Earthlines magazine, Like the Wind magazine,, and other titles.

The recipient of a 2014 Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship for his work in environmental education, he is the author of The Pig in Thin Air (Lantern Books, NY, 2016) his memoir about that journey across the USA and Canada exploring how we live alongside other animals. Holding a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Newcastle University (tutored by Booker-longlisted Andrew Crumey), he teaches journalism part-time and has been commissioned to produce an eight-part narrative podcast exploring responses to climate change through story.

A hard-working author, in 2016 he spent five months and a lot of his own money on a 40-venue, UK, US, and Canada debut book tour. A well-known speaker within the environmental education and animal protection field, he has just finished a 22-date tour of festivals to continue the promotion for his current book.

He has a particular interest in literature that looks beyond the human to our bonds with nonhuman others and place. His passion is for both fiction and non-fiction, writing stories that explore the changing world through our most meaningful relationships.



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