Blue Door author Rachel Trezise has been invited to become an ambassador for The Dylan Thomas Prize, the world’s largest literary prize for young writers. Having won the inaugural prize in 2006 for her short story collection Fresh Apples, Rachel will be joining fellow ambassadors Michael Sheen, Catherine Zeta Jones and The Rt. Hon Lord Neil Kinnock to promote the prize. The Dylan Thomas Prize was founded in 2006 and is aimed at encouraging raw creative talent worldwide for writers under 30. At £30,000, it is one of the largest literary awards in the world.
Following her award in 2006, Rachel went on to write Dial M for Merthyr, a rockumentary following an emerging band from the Valleys, Midasuno, and their quest for fame. Having achieved critical praise with her first novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl, Rachel turned her hand once again to fiction. In 2009, Blue Door bought her second novel, Sixteen Shades of Crazy, a razor-sharp dissection of small-town life and drug culture, doing for the Valleys what Trainspotting did for Edinburgh. The novel centres around three women, Ellie, Sian and Rhiannon, the party-loving wives and girlfriends of aspiring punk band The Boobs. Within the trappings of small-town life they are desperate for new thrills. When a seductive stranger arrives in town, their lives are changed forever. Already hailed as ‘an outstanding young writer’ by The Times, the future looks very bright for Rachel Trezise.
Sixteen Shades of Crazy is available in trade paperback priced £12.99.