The annual Book Club trip to watch the ceremony for the Southern Schools Book Awards (SSBA) took place on Friday 25th January 2019 at Roedean School near Brighton.

The five books shortlisted for the awards and their authors were present at the evening;

  • After The Fire - by Will Hill - Winner
  • Extinction Trials - by S M Wilson - Highly Commended
  • Farewell Tour of an Eternal Optimist - by John Young
  • Contagion - by Teri Terry
  • Satellite - by Nick Lake

After listening to the authors speak about their books, Lisa Heathfield, author and last year's winner, presented the awards to Will Hill who won the first prize with After The Fire. Highly Commended was S M Wilson for her book The Extinction Trials.

Students then used their free book token to buy books and have them signed by the authors.

Southern Schools Book Awards 2019