The Louder I Can Sing has won best biography; other awards include Monique Roffey’s best novel and Eavan Boland’s posthumous poetry honour.
‘My mother was more than a police shot woman’: read an extract from The Louder I Will Sing
For his memoirs on the prolonged search for justice for his mother, who was left crippled after being shot by London police in 1985, debut author Lee Lawrence received the Costa Biography Prize. “The man who shot my mother is still living his life: Cherry Groce’s son on life after police brutalityContinue readingLawrence beat off competition from writers such as Booker winner Julian Barnes to wii” It was called “an insightful book and a great story” by the Costa Prize judges, which is “timely and extraordinarily important. The memoir tells how his mother, Cherry Croce, was shot and killed by police on Sept. 28, 1985, when Lawrence was 11, while searching for Lawrence’s brother in their Brixton home. “I realized it was in the middle of this hot pot of boiling over rage, fear, frustration and noise. The man who shot my mother was a police officer,” he writes. “My mother laid on the floor gasping, her face filled with pain and fear.
She kept saying that I couldn’t breathe.
I suppose I’m going to die.
The bullet fractured Grace’s back, she could never walk again, and two days of riots caused an illegal shooting. The pathologist concluded it was bullet fragments in her spine that caused the kidney failure that killed her when she died in 2011. Lawrence wrote about his long fight to get the police to consider her brutality. “For me, writing the book was more of a mission, it was simply to get our story out there, a story that hadn’t been told before, and for people to get a glimpse of my mother, to understand that we were just a normal family living in Brixton,” he said. One of my mantras was bravery not fear, because it was a terrifying process to allow myself to be so vulnerable, to reveal myself like that. Lawrence, who is a social change advocate and founded Mobility Transport, which provides people with disabilities with accessible transportation, said he hopes that winning the book would draw the attention of people who would never have read a book like this, learning to learn. ” he said. “But it wasn’t until my mother died in 2011 and I got my hands on my mother’s shooting internal investigation report that I knew I had to start recording what had happened. On Monday night, four other authors also won Costa prizes. The £ 5,000 Costa Prize for best novel went to Monique Roffey for The Black Shell’s Mermaid, in which a centuries-old mermaid lures a fisherman’s song.
The seventh novel by Roffey, described by the judges as “a tale of rare imagination and exciting scope-an adventure and a fable, a glorious myth that tells a much larger story,” beat out titles such as the long-awaited Piranesi of Susanna Clarke. Ingrid Persaud for Love After Love, set in Trinidad around the unorthodox household of Betty Ramdin, her shy son Solo, and her shy son Solo, won the Costa Prize for First Novel. The late Irish writer Eavan Boland won the prize for poetry for her final book, The Historians, which the judges said “The prize for poetry was won by the late Irish writer Eavan Boland for her final collection, The Historians, which the judges said ”
Boland is second only to Helen Dunmo and Ted Hughes in