Zoe Pilger has won a Somerset Maughan Award and a Betty Trask Award for her debut novel Eat My Heart Out.

The Somerset Maughan Award enables young writers to enrich their work by gaining experience of foreign countries. Betty Trask left a bequest to the Society of Authors in 1983 to fund prizes for first novels, written by authors under the age of 35, in a 'traditional or romantic and definitely non-experimental style'. We wonder what she would have made of Eat My Heart Out...  

Here's what the judges said:

Bad girls out and about on the town – a nicely amoral tale. Michèle Roberts, Betty Trask Awards Judge

A wild and hilarious satire. Pilger joyfully marmalises the expectations of the reader and takes so many risks that reading her novel is like being hurled off the Niagara Falls in a barrel, only in a really good way. Joanna Kavenna, Somerset Maugham Awards Judge

Written with scabrous gusto, this savagely satiric novel, reminiscent of early Martin Amis, trains its scatter-gun attack on targtes from terminally cool inner-London hipsters to a feminist icon. Peter Kemp

Eat My Heart Out is an amazing performance, inexhaustibly inventive with disgraceful incidents, deadpan absurdity, heartbroken metropolitan glamour and a debauched, posturing cast. There aren't many novelists as full of native energy as this. Philip Hensher

Zoe Pilger was born in 1984 and lives in London. An art critic for the Independent, she won the 2011 Frieze Writer’s Prize. Zoe is working on a PhD about feminism and romantic love at Goldsmiths, University of London. Eat My Heart Out is her first book.

Read an extract from Eat My Heart Out

‘She is my alter ego, the wild and darker part of the psyche’ – read an interview with Zoe Pilger by her editor Hannah Westland.