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Novelist on prestigious book list

Author Samantha Harvey
Author Samantha Harvey

by Susan Hilder

A novelist hailing from Kent has been shortlisted for a prestigious book prize.

Samantha Harvey spent the first 10 years of her life in Ditton near Maidstone.

Now her novel, which looks at the world through the eyes of a man living with Alzheimer's has made it onto the Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist.

The Wilderness is her first published novel - and she is one of only six women vying for the £30,000 prize and the only Briton.

She spoke to us about the novel which has taken her three years to write, and has changed her life:

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