Scarlett Thomas, author
of Dead Clever, wins the 2002 Elle Style
New Writer Award
London | September 18, 2002
Scarlett Thomas, the author of the Lily Pascale mystery series,
was awarded the 2002 Elle Style New Writer Award
at a gala celebration at London's Natural History Museum.
While Scarlett was unable to attend, her London agent, Simon
Trewin, took the stage on her behalf. Below is an excerpt
from his report on the proceedings:
Simon: To say it was surreal is an understatement.
When the boy band BLUE arrived on stage to present the award
for Music Stars of the Year toThe Sugarbabes, I realized this
was no low-key event. When Kylie accepted Woman of the Year
live from Paris via videolink, I began to finger the scrap
of paper in my pocket a little more urgently. When Joely Richardson
auctioned off a pair of rather lovely pants for £600,
I began to sweat. (Well, who wouldn't!) But finally the moment
was upon me. The rock'n'roll music blared, Scarlett was live
via my mobile phone, and I stormed the stage rather nervously
to stand in front of 500 people, a large pink lit dinosaur
and a bank of photographers and TV cameras to have my moment.
And what a moment it was.
Brian Dowling and Jo Wiley hand me the award, I do some kissing
and then croak away.
"Hello Cleveland." (Sorry, I made this bit up.)
"I have no voice at all, apologies. Scarlett will be
absolutely thrilled to receive the wonderful award, she really
will. We are all so pleased with everything that Elle
are doing to promote young talent in the UK. This is so important
in this current climate. Thank you so much. This is brilliant."
OK, this wasn't exactly the Gettysburg Address, but it beat
the Sugarbabes: "Er...we'd really like to fank our fans.
We didn't know we was nominated 'til we was in the limo. Fanks."
I bounced back to my seat drunk with the adrenalin of Scarlett's
success and then talked to her a bit on the phone. Actually,
I feel pretty emotional writing this. I am so proud of her
and what she has achieved. I was honored to stand in for her
(a once in a lifetime experience, truly) but part of me wishes
she could have been there herself to bask in the glory. She
is the Elle Style New Writer of the Year and I feel
like the proud father. Bless her.