Another celebratory success comes rolling in for Lex Croucher, as their queer medieval romcom Gwen & Art Are Not In Love joins 24 others on the Branford Boase Award 2024 longlist!

The annual Branford Boase Award is awarded to author of the year’s outstanding children debut novels. We are proud to share that Lex’s novel has received a nomination for the award.

Gwen, the quick-witted Princess of England, and Arthur, future lord and general gadabout, have been betrothed since birth. Unfortunately, the only thing they can agree on is that they hate each other.

When Gwen catches Art kissing a boy and Art discovers where Gwen hides her diary (complete with racy entries about Bridget Leclair, the kingdom’s only female knight), they become reluctant allies. By pretending to fall for each other, their mutual protection will be assured.

But how long can they keep up the ruse? With Gwen growing closer to Bridget, and Art becoming unaccountably fond of Gabriel, Gwen’s infuriatingly serious, bookish brother, the path to true love is looking far from straight …

Big congratulations to Lex and their editor, Hannah Sandford! See the full list of nominations here.