Christine Aziz, 52, left school at 15 with a single O-level in English. She was born in Yorkshire and has worked as a shop assistant, dental receptionist, factory packer, singer and cleaner. Her only experience of writing was as a news reporter for three years, but she did not like the pressure of journalism. Her manuscript for The Olive Readers was selected from more than 46,000 entries to the Channel 4 teatime show's How to Get Published competition.
If you want a beautifully written prize-winning novel whilst at the same time a look into the future from an exciting debut novelist then this is the one for you. Itâ€™s a world, almost too terrible to contemplate and yet it carries you along almost like a drug. Itâ€™s imaginative, itâ€™s gripping and at times quite breathtaking. If you as a reader want to be challenged then look no further.
The winner of the Richard and Judy â€˜How to get publishedâ€™ competition, a mystical, futuristic tale of America divided into corporate sections of â€˜companiesâ€™ and peopled by enslaved folk isolated within their communities.