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Penny picks up East Anglia Fiction Book of the Year

Published: 15 January 2020 at 11:30

Penny Hancock

Creative Writing graduate wins major fiction award

Congratulations to MA Creative Writing alumnus Penny Hancock, whose latest novel I Thought I Knew You was awarded the 2019 East Anglia Fiction Book of the Year Award.

Published by Mantle (Pan Macmillan) in March 2019, the book has been picking up great reviews online, with ratings of 4.6 on Amazon and 4.2 on Goodreads.

The story focuses on two best friends, Holly and Jules, whose relationship is threatened after an allegation is made by Jules’ daughter against Holly’s son.

Penny was presented with the award in November at Norwich City Football Club.

Since graduating from ARU, Penny has published four novels. Her first, Tideline, was a Richard and Judy summer read in 2012. She is also a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at ARU, supporting students with their writing projects.