‘Instructions for a Second Hand Heart’ beats its way to success – local pupils name Hampshire Book Award winner

The thought-provoking tale of a boy who receives a donor heart has been voted by Hampshire school pupils as their book of the year, at an annual awards event held by Hampshire County Council’s School Library Service

Oct 9 2018

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Author Tamsyn Murray was presented with the Hampshire Book Award 2018 at the Middle Brook Centre in Winchester (9 October) for her novel ‘Instructions for a Second Hand Heart’, which pupils judged as the best paperback fiction book for 11-13 year olds.

Councillor Seán Woodward, the County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage, said: “The Hampshire Book Award importantly gives young people the chance to read a range of different stories covering emotive topics, and to debate and discuss them with each other.

“The children had a fantastic time meeting Tamsyn, and our congratulations go to her on her win.”

As part of the award process, pupils from 42 secondary schools across Hampshire read and evaluated six shortlisted books over 15 weeks. Discussion groups then took place over the summer term before the pupils voted for their final winner.

Author Tamsyn Murray said: “I'm thrilled and honoured to have won the Hampshire Book Award. ‘Instructions for a Second-hand Heart’ was such a tough book to write but knowing so many readers voted for it as their favourite makes all the hard work and tears worthwhile.”

‘Instructions for a Second Hand Heart’ explores the relationship between Jonny and Niamh. Tragic circumstances bring them together and the story is told from their alternative points of view. A thought provoking read that deals with serious issues in an accessible and uplifting way.

Copies of ‘Instructions for a Second Hand Heart’, along with Tamsyn’s other books, are available to borrow for free from Hampshire County Council’s libraries.

Find out more about Hampshire School Library Service.