• Helen Lederer

OMG - CWIP's got BACK-UP!!!! 

Updated: Jul 31

Yes! It is true - at our invitation we now have the BEST, BOLD, BAWDY BLOGGERS EVA to penetrate the wit and range of the CWIP 2020 shortlist.

These clever bloggers will scrutinise the selection of CWIP’s seven reliably funny novels and then they will come up with THEIR OWN winner & runner-up!!! (Genius) 


Will their winner match the choice of the panel of judges? Or will it be WAY different?  I CANNOT WAIT to find out


We all know how comedy appeals to different tastes big time - so how brilliant to add another layer of overview with this blogging barometer of big readers. We like to keep things forensic for you here at CWIP.


We now bring you the best witty feedback – go BLOGGERS 


Sooooooo – with further ado may we respectfully introduce the CWIP Shadow Panel 2020.


They will have no life. All they will do, is read the CWIP Published Novel Shortlist between now and the winner’s announcement on 14 September. Kettle on? I would.


Susan Corcoran @WalesCrazy

I have been book blogging at Books Are My Cwtches since 2011 and I started as a way to keep my brain cells active!


When searching for a name that sums up what reading means to me, I knew I had to include Cwtch in the title. Cwtch is the Welsh word for a hug, a safe place, it's full of love and companionship and this will always be what books and reading mean to me.


I have always loved books and reading and this seemed the perfect way for me to talk about the books I love. It’s been one of the best decisions I have ever made and has opened up so many amazing opportunities for me! Including being a part of CWIP, which has been such a honour to be a part of.


The last book to make me laugh was Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce. Which is not only intensely moving, it has moments of beautifully judged humour too.



Janet Emson @JanetEmson

I'm Janet and I have run my blog, From First Page to Last, for over 6 years. In that time, I've read books that have inspired me, entertained me, made me think and made me laugh.


A variety of books can make me chuckle, from the dark humour found in crime novels to the observational and inadvertent humour to be found in such places as a Wodehouse novel, from whimsical humour to books that make me laugh out loud. If I see someone laughing at a book I'm bound to try and sneak a look at what they are reading (ok, I'll try to sneak a look at what they are reading anyway).


The last book that made me laugh was The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, full of gentle humour that had me chuckling away to myself.


Stacey Gerrity @StoryWhispers

I'm Stacey, 42, mum of three from Manchester. I have been running Whispering Stories Book Blog since February 2015.


My family will tell you I am completely bonkers, I blame my late father for bringing me up on slapstick comedy with the likes of Laurel and Hardy, Carry On movies, and even Tom and Jerry.


I've always had a real passion for reading. I love books that make me feel good and what could be better for that uplifting feeling than a book that has you giggling throughout?


If a book can make me laugh then I'm hooked, especially if it has me laughing out loud or giggle snorting.



Danielle Price @book_obsessed1

I've been blogging at The Reading Closet for two years this November, hard to believe it's been that long! I read a lot of dark, crime fiction/thrillers usually, so you can imagine that sometimes I need to delve into something lighter.


The last book that made me laugh was actually a CWIP prize book from last year, The Lonely Fajita by Abigail Mann, it was lighthearted, identifiable and made me giggle!

My type of humour is hard to fit into one box, I like silly humour, especially puns, much to my boyfriend's funny despair. It depends on my mood really, I grew up with classical humour shows, such as Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie, Vicar of Dibley and Only Fools and Horses with the lighthearted laughs but I do love stand up, from Jack Whitehall to Rhod Gilbert (a hilarious grumpy comedian is the best!) So in a nutshell, I can go from childlike humour to snort-laughing humour.



Clare Reynolds @yearsofreading

After realising I was always recommending books to friends and family, in 2017 I started my Book Blog called Years Of Reading Selfishly.


Since then, I have blogged and recommended books relentlessly, and have been a Shadow Judge for the Sunday Times Young Writer Award and a regular guest on Booktime Brunch with Antonia Honeywell on Chiltern Voice Radio Station.

My go to for women who make me laugh out loud are Victoria Wood, Diane Morgan, Angela Barnes, Joan Rivers and Jenny Eclair. As for books, Man At The Helm by Nina Stibbe and The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous by Jilly Cooper are my favourite comic novels.


Happy Summer of Reading to the fab five!


How about some literary fun this summer? Read along with our bookbloggers and have seven witty women see you through your 2020 staycation.


Follow the hashtag #CWIPshadowpanel to see what each blogger thinks of the shortlist.


It will be SO INTERESTING!!!!


Follow and tag @CWIPprize and use the hashtag #CWIP in any tweets or insta posts about the books.


Happy Reading! We are happy if you are happy.

Helen x

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