I don't know what to say: I've been away for two weeks, and in that time, Living With Ghosts has won the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, awarded by The British Fantasy Society. To say I'm honoured is an understatement -- I'm stunned and breathless and delighted and overwhelmed. The Bounds -- formerly the Icarus Award -- is juried, and has in the past been won by some wonderful authors, including Joe Hill, Scott Lynch and Poppy Z Brite. It's a huge, huge honour to find myself in such company. I am immensely grateful to the jury for liking my book so much: thank you all very much. There's a picture of the statuette, which now has pride of place on my mantlepiece, being guarded by my youngest cat, Horus, here, on my LiveJournal.