Although Julie Myerson made her name with her often dark fiction, it was her near-the-knuckle writings about her own children that caused a minor scandal and divided her readers.

Myerson’s 2003 Man Booker Prize-nominated book Something Might Happen deals with convoluted family relationships in the wake of a brutal and motiveless murder of a woman in a seaside town resembling Southwold in Suffolk (where Myerson has a second home). Needless to say, Myerson, who wrote a regular anonymous newspaper column about the travails of living with her three teenage children and caused a furore with an unsparing book about her son Jake, is particularly convincing when detailing the lives of the families’ children and the complicated emotions they evoke in their parents.

Julie Myers

All nominated books

Something Might Happen