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The 2017 Young Writer of the Year Award will be shadowed by a panel of wonderful book bloggers.

A lifelong reader and owner of too many full ‘Billy’ bookcases, Annabel Gaskell is a science technician and health & safety officer by day at an Oxfordshire prep school. By night, she’s been blogging for nine years at annabookbel.net where she aims to read and write about the widest range of books she can. Annabel is also the proud co-founder/editor of Shiny New Books, a book review website that publishes regular quality reviews and features of great new books (and new old ones!) by a lovely army of bloggers, friends and authors.

Dane Cobain is a published author, a freelance writer and the owner/admin of SocialBookshelves.com. You can find out more about his books and his blog at www.danecobain.com.

Eleanor Franzen is a bookseller at Heywood Hill in Mayfair. She blogs about books and other things at Elle Think and is writing her first novel. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s singing. Find her writing at Elle Thinks.

Rebecca Foster is an American transplant to England. A former bookseller and librarian, she has now been a full-time freelancer for over four years. Along with editing science journals, she regularly reviews books for a number of print and online publications on both sides of the pond, including Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, andWasafiri literary magazine. Her reviews have also appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Stylist magazine.  She blogs at Bookish Beck.

Clare Rowland has been blogging at A Little Blog of Books in her spare time for over five years. She does most of her reading during her commute to work in London and particularly enjoys contemporary literary fiction, translated fiction and narrative non-fiction. She tweets at @littleblogbooks

The 2017 Shadow Panel will be reading and discussing the four books shortlisted by the Award Panel (tba on 29 October).  You can follow along at their blogs and on twitter with #YoungWriterAwardShadow.

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Follow us on twitter. The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award, in association with the University of Warwick is a prize of £5,000 for a writer under 35.