Carole Hailey’s The Silence Project shortlisted for RSL Christopher Bland Prize

We are thrilled that Carole Hailey’s debut novel, The Silence Project, has been shortlisted for an RSL Christopher Bland Prize.


Launched in 2018 by the Royal Society of Literature, it is awarded annually to authors who were first published when aged 50 or over. Previous winners include Paterson Joseph’s The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho, Pete Paphides’ Broken Greek and Raynor Winn’s The Salt Path.


Carole described herself as ‘absolutely thrilled’ to be shortlisted: ‘The RSL Christopher Bland Prize is very special because all too often people can feel that if they haven’t achieved their ambitions by the age of 50, it’s no longer possible. This Prize proves it’s never too late.’


Carole’s second novel, Scenes From a Tragedy, will be published in March 2025 by Corvus.