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Plant-based writer Richard Owain Roberts has been shortlisted for a major award after publishing his debut novel Hello Friend We Missed You.

The book, which has been put forward for the Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ award has been described as a ‘darkly funny novel featuring a cast of characters at different stages in their vegan journey’.

‘Spiritual vegan’

Hello Friend We Missed You follows the story of Hill, a 30-something ‘spiritual vegan’ who has struck a movie deal with Hollywood star Jack Black, only for the project to end up ‘stuck in development hell’.

The novel also sees Hill’s estranged father Roger discover the world of celebrity vegans later in life.

‘Veganism has been transformative’

Speaking to Plant Based News, Roberts said: “On a personal level, veganism has been transformative for me, and I feel glad it can find its way into my work as a writer.

“I hope many people, vegans, and not-vegans-yet, can enjoy Hello Friend We Missed You and laugh, find it emotional, and see if it gives them things to consider about how they live and how they can be happiest in the world.”

You can order Hello Friend We Missed You on Amazon here

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.