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Northern Ireland author Sheila Llewellyn in running for prestigious literary prize

A book by an author from Northern Ireland is in the running for a prestigious literary prize. (stock picture)
A book by an author from Northern Ireland is in the running for a prestigious literary prize. (stock picture)

By David Young

A book by an author from Northern Ireland is in the running for a prestigious literary prize.

Walking Wounded, by Fermanagh-based author Sheila Llewellyn, is a contender for a coveted Society of Authors' Award for best first book by a writer aged 60 or older.

The novel draws on extensive research into the causes and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among war veterans.

Set in a military hospital just after the end of the Second World War, Walking Wounded explores the trauma wars inflict on those who fight them.

A debut novel by Irish writer and Church of Ireland minister Norma MacMaster (81) has also reached the shortlist for the £1,000 prize.

Her book Silence Under A Stone tells the story of a family which is ripped apart when a son falls for a woman with the wrong faith.

The winner of the award will be unveiled at a ceremony set to be held at London's Southwark Cathedral on Monday, June 17.

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