We are thrilled to announce that Hanako Footman’s Mongrel has been shortlisted for the 2024 Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize. The Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize is a celebration of outstanding new voices, established to champion new voices and voted for entirely by Waterstones booksellers.

The Head of Waterstones Books, Bea Carvalo, said: ‘We are proud to present a shortlist of bold and playful new voices for the 2024 Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize, as chosen by booksellers. In an astonishingly strong year for fiction, which sees the return of so many beloved world-renowned novelists, it is especially pleasing to see such an exciting array of emerging voices: they are the literary stars of tomorrow.

Mongrel is a literary work that traces the interconnected lives of three women in remarkable ways. Shifting between three narratives, Mongrel uncovers a complex web of desire, isolation, belonging, and ultimately, hope. It was endorsed by Aisling Bea and Lisa Taddeo, the latter of whom said it was ‘so beautiful that I became lost in it‘, and recommended by Harper’s Bazaar, Dua Lipa’s Book Club, and the Sunday Times. Footman recently read at this year’s annual East and Southeast Asian Literary Festival, and Mongrel was selected for the Parliamentary Women’s Book Club for British female politicians spanning all political parties.

We are delighted by the groundswell of support that Mongrel has received since publication, and are beyond proud of Hanako Footman on this extraordinary achievement.