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Voted by The Independent one of the 50 best bookshops in Britain, Much Ado Books, based in Alfriston, East Sussex, is sponsoring the prize money for Asham.

“We are really pleased that we can support the Asham Award,” said partner Cate Olson . “It is a wonderful way to support new fiction writing and to honour Virginia Woolf’s spirit. We hope lots of women will continue to be inspired and to enter their stories for the competition.”

Much Ado Books offers both new and old books for readers and collectors, including special sections devoted to the Bloomsbury Group and to Virginia Woolf.

The shop, in the heart of one of the most picturesque villages in the county, features thousands of volumes, ranging from bargain paperbacks to scarce rarities. Opening hours are 9.30 to 5.30 weekdays and Saturdays and from 10am to 5pm on Sundays. Its website can be viewed at




The Booker Foundation, the organisation  behind one of the world’s leading literary prizes is to sponsor this year’s Asham Award for new women writers.

The Booker Prize was started in 1968 and is awarded annually to the author of the best novel written in English by a Commonwealth or Irish citizen.

After the award of the 2001 prize, Booker plc was unable to continue its support, but many involved with the prize were determined to see it continue and a charity was established in 2002 - The Booker Prize Foundation - which undertakes the organisation, judging and award of the prize each year. Since 2002 the Man Group plc has sponsored the prize. 

 The Foundation’s charitable purpose is to promote the art of literature for the public benefit and the Asham Award is one of the projects which the Foundation has chosen to support.


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