Local author wins book of the year for Lancashire-set debut

Posted on - 17th May, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News
Andrew Michael Hurley wins another award

Andrew Michael Hurley wins another award

Andrew Michael Hurley’s Lancashire-set debut novel has been named book of the year at the British Book Industry awards.


The Loney, dubbed “a gothic masterpiece” by The Guardian,  was originally published in a limited run of 300 before being picked by Jon Murray and bagging the Costa first novel award back in January.

MORE: The Loney wins Costa first novel award

Andrew has had stints working as a manager at Kirkham library and teaching English Language at Runshaw College to give him the means to write in his spare time.

He currently lives in Fulwood and the book has a film deal with DNA Films and Film 4.

The Loney notably beat off competition from Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman and Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train.

Speaking to The Guardian, Hurley described the setting as being inspired by Preston.

He said: “It was a place you were warned away from by parents: ‘You don’t go to the Loney as strange people hang out there.’ Of course, all kids went there.

“When it came to writing my novel I had my title immediately. I just had to lift it from Preston and put it on the coast.”

Preston in pictures Glovers BarThe Union Carriage WorksPhileas Foggs, Cocktail Bar, FivesTrue ColoursBirchall Blackburn LawPreston OdeonPreston OdeonPreston Odeon View more Advertisement Subscribe to the newsletter

Sign up below to receive Blog Preston's weekly newsletter. It wings its way into inboxes every Sunday rounding up our best content from the last week and a look ahead to what's happening.

Advertisement News by location

Find news by location, select an area of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.

Advertisement Categories

Find news by category, select an category of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.