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Costa Book Awards 2013 Winners Announced 28 January 2014

2013 Costa Novel Award

Kate Atkinson for Life After Life (Doubleday)

2013 Costa First Novel Award

Nathan Filer for The Shock of the Fall (HarperCollins)

2013 Costa Biography Award

Lucy Hughes-Hallett for The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War (Fourth Estate)

2013 Costa Poetry Award shortlist

Michael Symmons Roberts for Drysalter (Jonathan Cape)

2013 Costa Children’s Book Award

Chris Riddell for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse (Macmillan Children’s Books)

2013 Costa Short Story Award

Angela Readman for The Keeper of the Jackalopes

2013 Costa Book of the Year

Nathan Filer for The Shock of the Fall

Source: @CostaBookAwards

James Naughtie talks about writing his political thriller The Madness of July …

… in this nifty video from his publisher Head of Zeus.  The novel is published on 27 February.

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Click on pic to find book on Amazon.

“It is a sweltering July in the mid-1970s, and for Will Flemyng, foreign office minister, the temperature is rising with each passing hour. A mysterious death has exposed secret passions in government, bringing on a political crisis that will draw him back into a familiar world of danger and deceit.

“For Flemyng has a past. He was trained as a spy for a life behind enemy lines and now he’s compelled to go back. In the course of one long weekend he must question all his loyalties: to his friends, his enemies, and to his own two brothers.

“Only then can he expose the truth in London and Washington. When he has walked through the fire.”

Lisa Cutts’s Novel Never Forget Optioned For TV

From her publisher, Myriad’s site:

LisaCutts1“Bentley Productions, best known for the UK’s top rated and No. 1 TV drama export Midsomer Murders, has optioned the rights to the debut crime novel Never Forget by Lisa Cutts.  Myriad Publisher and Managing Director Candida Lacey commented: ‘Lisa’s work combines authenticity of plot with brilliant characterisation: her heroine, Nina, is a straight-talking, ambitious young woman starting out on a police career.  We are thrilled that a company with the prestigious track record of Bentley Productions can see the potential in this character.  This has the makings of a wonderful series.’

“Lisa Cutts is a serving police officer whose debut novel Never Forget was published by Myriad in the summer of 2013.  Her second novel in the series, Remember Remember, will be published by Myriad in August.”

Book Competition Time! Catch up with Tom Bale.

TheCatchIf you haven’t read a Tom Bale thriller yet, now is your chance.  The Catch will be published in paperback on 13 February but you can win a spanking new and fresh copy to read before the end of January if you’re quick off the mark, courtesy of those lovely people at Arrow.

You have until midnight, Thursday 23 January (British time) to leave a comment:

  1. with the correct name of the novel that Tom published under his real name, and
  2. outlining why you think you deserve to be the one to receive a copy of The Catch to get acquainted with Tom Bale’s thrillers.

Open to UK addresses only.  Comments will not be published here until Friday, 24 January when the winner will be selected.  Please ensure that you choose a method of commenting that allows speedy contact by email.  The book will be posted as soon as the winner’s address has been obtained by email.


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The Catch

How far do you go for a friendship?  That’s the question Daniel Wade is forced to ask when a simple favour has fatal consequences.  For the sake of his old schoolmate, Robbie – and more importantly for Robbie’s sister, Cate – Dan agrees to go along with a lie. But soon he’s sucked into a conspiracy that threatens to consume them all.

How hard do you fight for a fortune?  For Gordon and Patricia Blake, the dead man held the key to a glorious future.  Now that future has been ripped from their grasp, and the Blakes want to know why.  Then they want revenge.

How can you hope to survive?  With a ruthless predator on their trail, Dan realises that evading justice is the least of their worries.  All that matters now is staying alive …

Read the opening scenes of The Catch here.

Lesley Thomson’s The Detective’s Daughter is crowned eBook of the year


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Breakthrough crime novel wins over the public and claims the eBooks by Sainsbury’s title.

Lesley Thomson’s fast-paced crime thriller The Detective’s Daughter has been voted eBook of the year following eBooks by Sainsbury’s month long quest to reveal UK book-lovers’ top digital read for 2013.

Running throughout December 2013, the public was asked to select its favourite eBook from a long list of 150 titles designed to represent the breadth and diversity of British book publishing, covering genres from sci-fi to literary fiction from biographies to thrillers.

Sussex-based novelist Lesley Thomson’s The Detective’s Daughter, which tells the story of a neglected daughter who takes on the murder case that her workaholic detective father spent his life trying, and failing, to solve, surpassed bestselling authors and successful titles to win the coveted award.

Tim Lennox, Managing Director at eBooks by Sainsbury’s commented: “The result of the first eBooks by Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year is both wonderful and refreshing, suggesting that eBooks have opened up a whole new world for readers and authors alike. We certainly saw this with Lesley Thomson’s The Detective’s Daughter, which enjoyed enormous success as an eBook in 2013, keeping a few well-known names off the top of the bestseller lists in the process.

“We’ve always thought that the convenience and portability of the eBook format played a powerful role in persuading readers to try something new. The fact Thomson’s breakthrough book won out against stiff competition from literary heavyweights certainly seems to bear this out. We’re delighted to award the first eBooks by Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year Award to Lesley Thomson, and look forward to more readers discovering new voices and favourite reads on eBooks by Sainsbury’s in 2014.”

For more information please visit the eBooks by Sainbury’s website

UK National Book Awards Winners 2013

The winners of the UK’s Specsavers National Book Awards 2013 have been announced and awarded tonight and are listed below.  The public vote or the Specsavers National Book of the Year now begins. Audiobook of the Year

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Narrated by Neil Gaiman

Biography / Autobiography of the Year

  • David Jason: My Life by David Jason

National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year

  • Demon Dentist by David Walliams

Crime Thriller of the Year

  • The Carrier by Sophie Hannah

Food & Drink Book of the Year

  • EAT: The Little Book of Fast Food by Nigel Slater

Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year

  • An Officer And A Spy by Robert Harris

magic fm Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb

@booksaremybag New Writer of the Year

  • Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman

International Author of the Year is Gillian Flynn.

UK Author of the Year is Kate Atkinson.

Costa Book Awards 2013: Shortlists Revealed

2013 Costa Novel Award shortlist

  • Kate Atkinson for Life After Life (Doubleday)
  • Bernardine Bishop for Unexpected Lessons in Love (John Murray)
  • Maggie O’Farrell for Instructions for a Heatwave (Tinder Press)
  • Evie Wyld for All the Birds, Singing (Jonathan Cape)

2013 Costa First Novel Award shortlist

  • Sam Byers for Idiopathy (Fourth Estate)
  • Kate Clanchy for Meeting the English (Picador)
  • Nathan Filer for The Shock of the Fall (HarperCollinsPublishers)
  • Sathnam Sanghera for Marriage Material (William Heinemann)

2013 Costa Biography Award shortlist

  • Gavin Francis for Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins (Chatto & Windus)
  • Thomas Harding for Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz (William Heinemann)
  • Lucy Hughes-Hallett for The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War (Fourth Estate)
  • Olivia Laing for The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink (Canongate)

2013 Costa Poetry Award shortlist

  • Clive James for Dante, The Divine Comedy (Picador)
  • Helen Mort for Division Street (Chatto & Windus)
  • Robin Robertson for Hill of Doors (Picador)
  • Michael Symmons Roberts for Drysalter (Jonathan Cape)

2013 Costa Children’s Book Award shortlist

  • Ross Montgomery for Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door (Faber and Faber)
  • Sarah Naughton for The Hanged Man Rises (Simon and Schuster)
  • Chris Riddell for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Elizabeth Wein for Rose Under Fire (Electric Monkey)

Source: the Independent.