the team of Discovering Diamonds is proud to announce our new award
to promote quality indie-published/small press historical fiction

 £150 first prize
£50 runner-up

The Richard Tearle Discovering Diamonds Award 2022

Discovering Diamonds opened as a review site for indie and self-published authors on January 1st 2017. Since then we have posted about 1,000 reviews of historical novels that have reached a good standard of quality and are, from a reader’s perspective,  ‘value for money’.

Interspersed with our review posts we have highlighted various authors via our annual December StorySong short story entertainment, offered guest posts, made Book and Cover of the Month selections, reviewed some mainstream traditionally published historical novels and works of historical non-fiction, but our main aim is to promote Indie/Self-Published writers and small independent presses of quality historical fiction. We maintain thata good book is a good book no matter who publishes it, or how - but ‘getting noticed’ for indies can be an ongoing, uphill struggle.

Therefore, in order to help, albeit in a small way, Discovering Diamonds is to run an award through the kind generosity of Jeffrey Manton (*see below), who has offered to sponsor a first prize of £150 for two years (2022 Award/2023 Award). There will be a runner-up prize of £50.

It is to be called The Richard Tearle Discovering Diamonds Award in remembrance of Richard who passed away in April 2021. He began as a reviewer for the Historical Novel Society Indie Reviews in 2011/12, when I was Managing Editor, then came over to Discovering Diamonds when it was conceived in November 2016. He personally encouraged many new writers, supported established authors and, as a rough tally, reviewed not far off 700 novels, so to name our award in his honour is most fitting.

Helen Hollick

Founder Discovering Diamonds (#DDRevs)

for full terms, conditions, list of judges 

click here: TERMS & CONDITIONS

how to submit a book for review

click here: SUBMISSIONS

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The Richard Tearle Discovering Diamonds 

2022 Award


These will be selected from our 'Reviewer's Choice' titles (maximun two titles selected per month) plus the five previous Book of the Year (B.O.Y) titles  from 2017 - 2021.

1.  Portraits of Pretence by Susan Grossey (B.O.Y 2017) 

read our review

2.  The Blood and the Barley Angela Macrae Shanks  (B.O.Y 2018) 
read our review 

3.The Blue Bench by Paul Marriner (B.O.Y 2019) 

Read Our Review

4. Death in Delft by Graham Brack (B.O.Y 2020) 

 read our review

5.  Rebel's Knot by Cryssa Bazos (B.O.Y 2021) 

read our review

6. The Raven and the Dove K.M Butler

 read our review


The shortlist of eight titles selected by our Discovering Diamonds panel  will be announced on Discovering Diamonds on 31st December 2022


Four finalists will be announced on Discovering Diamonds on March 1st 2023 Finalist titles will be judged by an independent panel of three experienced judges

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