Author scoops top book award

Author Catherine Johnson from Hastings with her award-winning book 'Sawbones' SUS-140807-120152001

Author Catherine Johnson from Hastings with her award-winning book 'Sawbones' SUS-140807-120152001

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A SUCCESSFUL television screenwriter and writer of young person’s fiction who has made Hastings her home has scooped a national award for her latest novel.

Catherine Johnson, 52. who has written scripts for TV favourite Holby City and the acclaimed feature film Bullet Boy, has just won the Historical Association’s Young Quills prize 2014 for her book, Sawbones.

Published last October by Walker books, Sawbones is a forensic murder mystery set in 1792.

It is about Ezra McAdam, an apprentice to a top London anatomist and surgeon who can read dead bodies, and events soon start to spiral out of control when a strange body arrives for dissection.

Catherine said: “Think Silent Witness set in the 18 Century with teenagers! It’s really great to win a history prize as I didn’t do very well at history school and they wouldn’t let me take the exam! I was up against some wonderful writers and although I have been writing for a long time and I have been nominated for lots of prizes, I haven’t won before so I am very happy! I have been involved with films that have won, but not for the writing, so this time it’s been about me.”

Orginally from London. the talented writer moved to Hastings about 18 months ago with her husband to be near famliy. Although she wasn’t very ‘gung-ho’ about it at first Catherine says she soon grew to love the town. She said: “I love it. I love the fresh air and the sea.”

Enjoying an awards ceremnony which took place Wednesday (July 9) at University College London (UCL), Catherine is also excited about attending the first ever young UK Young Adult Literature Convention at Earl’s Court this weekend (July 12-13). For more information about Catherine and her book’s visit