Author Margaret Atwood has won the 2015 Kitchies Red Tentacle Award for her novel The Heart Goes Last.
The £1,000 prize honors “novels containing elements of the speculative and fantastic” that are the most “progressive, intelligent and entertaining” books of 2015. Judges James Smythe and Nazia Khatun presented the hand-crafted tentacle trophy to Atwood in London.
Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson; The Reflection by Hugo Wilcken; The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin; and The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts also made the shortlist.
“Even as part of an incredibly strong shortlist, The Heart Goes Lastfelt like an astonishing achievement,” stated Smythe. “It’s an unsettling view of a future that – like so many of Atwood’s novels – feels all too prescient. Funny and devastating and wonderful, we all loved it.”