Pete Paphides wins RSL Christopher Bland Prize 2021

We’re delighted that Pete Paphides has won the £10,000 RSL Christopher Bland Prize 2021 with his novel BROKEN GREEK. The prize is awarded to a debut writer of fiction or non-fiction aged 50 or over. This year’s judges were Mary Beard (Chair), Monica Ali, Georgia Byng and Ben Hunte.

BROKEN GREEK brings together Pete’s experiences as a child of Cypriot parents growing up in Birmingham and his early immersion in pop music in vivid and poignant prose. The paperback edition is out on 10th June 2021 from Quercus.

“..the book’s greatest asset is its abundance of material about musicians and songs, and the way that they have guided its author through experiences that would have been impossible to navigate alone.” – The Guardian