Gold Award for Bookworm confirms Christopher Nuttall as star of indie fiction

Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards present Gold Award for Adult Fiction for 2013 to epic fantasy novel from best-selling science fiction and fantasy author, Christopher Nuttall

DARTFORD, KENT – 28 April 2014 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to congratulate Christopher Nuttall for winning the Gold award in the Adult Fiction category of the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards for his epic fantasy novel and Amazon best-seller, Bookworm. The winners of the awards were announced at AuthorConUK in Manchester on Saturday afternoon (26 April 2014).

Bookworm is a high fantasy novel in which the main protagonist, Elaine, an inexperienced witch in Golden City, has her life turned upside down when she triggers a magical trap hidden within a book. All the knowledge of magic in the Great Library becomes crammed inside her head, making her the Bookworm of the title. Avoiding the Inquisition she tries to understand what has happened to her. But she is a pawn in the dark plans of one who wants the Grand Sorcerer’s power.

A review on Risingshadow described Bookworm as “fluently written escapism” and said that Nuttall has “woven an exciting and entertaining story of secrets, dark history, books, werewolves and magic, and knows how to keep the story on the move.”

Bookworm was published in January 2013 by Elsewhen Press and became a best-seller almost overnight in the US, UK, Germany and elsewhere. In June 2013 it was announced that the German translation rights to Bookworm had been acquired by RandomHouse Germany for publication under their Blanvalet imprint in 2015.

Bookworm was the first in the Bookworm series. The second in the series, Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling, was published by Elsewhen Press in January 2014 and it too was an immediate best-seller. The next in the series, Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans, is planned for early 2015.

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learned to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author, he has self-published a number of novels. Bookworm was his second fantasy novel to be published by Elsewhen Press, who have so far published six of his novels. Chris is currently ranked in the top 100 most popular authors on Amazon and is consistently one of the two most popular science fiction and fantasy authors on Amazon.

About Bookworm

Bookworm cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/

Elaine is an inexperienced witch in the Golden City. Her life turns upside down when she triggers a magical trap and ends up with all the knowledge in the Great Library stuffed inside her head. This unwanted gift doesn’t give her greater power, but it does allow her to accomplish far more with her weaker powers than she previously could. If the senior wizards find out what has happened to her, they will almost certainly have her killed. Elaine is forced to struggle with the terrors and temptations of her newfound knowledge while trying to stay out of sight of the Inquisition. But a powerful and mysterious figure is drawing up a plan to take the power of the Grand Sorcerer for himself; and Elaine, unknowingly, is nothing more than a pawn in his plans. She must unlock the mysteries behind her new knowledge, a plan that threatens the entire world… and her own origins.