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Tracey Farren

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Whiplash made the Sunday Times shortlist

Isn’t that amazing? I am truly gratified that some wonderful judge saw merit in Tess’s insistence on telling her story in the only language that she could speak, a slang dialect delivered with disparaging frankness. The book is full of ‘trynas’ and ‘gonnas’, but Tess had no way of tempering her style. Thank you to those listened carefully and read between the lines.

It feels so wonderful to know that there are people in the literary establishment – other than brave, enthusiastic S.A readers – who are willing to be swept into wild worlds and expressive styles. I can’t help thinking that this is a thrilling green light for other writers who wish to explore eccentric voices.

Personally, I am proud of everyone who has stuck their neck out for Whiplash during the past year. We have had quite a few rebuffs and a couple of attempts at strangulation, but we have also had the support of a rabble-rowsing, rebellious crowd of journalists and fellow writers who have demanded that Tess receive her equal human rights.

Thank you, in particular, to the panel at Women Demand Dignity and the Sunday Times panel for their very kind consideration – and I mean that in the truest sense of the phrase.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    June 5th, 2009 @19:25 #

    Tracey, I've leapt up and down with excitement on another thread, but just wanted to say again: good for you for giving Tess a voice. Your writing is both art and activism -- ok, that sounds dull and worthy, and Whiplash is anything but -- rather let's say you insisted on Tess's human rights while wrapping her up in a thumping good read.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    June 8th, 2009 @16:28 #

    Tracey, I hope this sends sales rocketing through the roof.


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