A Briton triumphs in France. Born in Wales, now living in Scotland, writer Mick Kitson received the 2022 Jules Rimet Prize for his novel on Thursday evening Lightweight (ed. Métailié). He succeeds Virginie Troussier, rewarded last year for In the middle of summer, an invincible winter (ed. Paulsen). As is the tradition of this prize created in 2012 and sponsored by the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation and the Red Star, the winner of the previous year participated in the jury, meeting at the Trinquet de la Cavalerie, in Paris.
Lightweight tells the adventures of Annie, a young Rom abandoned by her family and taken in, and even bought, by Bill Perry, in destitute 19th century England. Perry, a former bare-knuckle boxing legend and nicknamed “Tipton’s slasher”, has become the bartender of The Champion of England. With him, she will also take up boxing… But the book by this former journalist who has become an English teacher is not just a sports book, it is above all a great social novel.
Métailié had already published two previous books by Mick Kitson: “Survival manual for young girls” and “Illiterate”. (DR)
Lightweight won out over five other books: The Armbandby Luc Briand (ed. Plein Jour); Reptile Assby Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (ed. Gallimard); The chance of my lifeby Théo Curin (ed. Flammarion); Freestyleby Lucas Menget, (Equateur ed.) and The Ghosts of Seville, by Didier Tronchet (ed. La Fosse aux Ours). In October, Fred Poulet was awarded the Sport & Literature Grand Prix on his novel tribute to Marco Pantani, 21 turns (ed. Highlight). As for the Prix Sport Scriptum, it will be awarded in the coming weeks.