James Scudamore (Modern Languages, 1995)
'The Amnesia Clinic' is James Scudamore's first novel. It won the Somerset Maugham Award 2007 and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Glen Dimplex Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize. Commenting on the novel in their summing up, the judges of the Costa First Novel Award 2006 (formerly the Whitbread Prize) said: 'This delightful book about the friendship between two boys in Ecuador is full of tall tales and fantasy. The line between reality and bizarre fiction is always blurred, always mesmerising.' To buy the novel click here.