Fifty remained. ‘The Shadow of Black Wings’, remarkably and quite surprisingly, among them.
The breakdown of the General Fiction semi-finalists proves that my choice of category (young adult) was the right one. As Fantasy, it would perish utterly. Only one novel got through, and it can hardly be described as fantasy (telepathy in rural environment is a domain of 1960’s sci-fi). 5 science fictions and 2 historical fictions make General Fiction is a boring wasteland 🙂
Surprised at how many of the ‘crowd favourites’ have not gone through. It only goes to show… something. Not sure what.