Stef Penney's 'The Tenderness of Wolves' Wins Costa (formerly Whitbread) Award

Posted: February 8, 2007 in Literary Events


Stef Penney’s The Tenderness of Wolves was the upset winner of this year’s Costa Award, besting veteran novelist William Boyd to win the 30,000 GBPound prize.

Interestingly, Penney has for a long while suffered from a severe case of agoraphobia. Her condition made it impossible for her to travel to Canada, the setting of her novel. Instead, she did her research in the U.K., at the British Library. After being rejected by many larger publishers, Penney’s book was eventually accepted for publication by the small publisher Quercus, illustrating yet again the foresight of so many of these “little” publishing houses.

The Tenderness of Wolves is a murder mystery set in the backwoods of Canada. This is Stef Penney’s first novel, and it sounds like the sort of really BIG novel you can really lose yourself in, judging from the reviews I’ve been able to find so far. I’ll let you know more on that after my copy of the book arrives. In the meantime, this would be a good one to seek out.


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