Judges' comments

"With expertly judged timing and pacing, this debut novel fuses history and imagination as it fashions a compelling work of fiction. Night Street's characterisation is plausible to the contemporary reader as well as appropriate to its early 20th century setting, and the novel conjures up Beckett's works of art as well as her uncompromising life as an artist with freshness and sophistication. Images, light and colour inhabit and infuse the text with a painter's perception of the surrounding world."