Category Archives: Literary Prizes

SPECSAVERS CRIME THRILLER AWARDS 2014 WINNERS

Announced tonight, the winners:

●     The Best Actress Dagger
Keeley Hawes, Line of Duty

●     The Best Actor Dagger
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective

●     The Specsavers ITV3 Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read:
Peter May, Entry Island (Quercus)

●     Crime Writers’ Association Goldsboro Gold Dagger for the Best Crime Novel of the Year:
Wiley Cash, This Dark Road to Mercy (Doubleday/Transworld)

●     Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for the Best New Crime Writer of the Year:
Ray Celestin, The Axeman’s Jazz (Mantle)

●    Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the Best Thriller of the Year:
Robert Harris, An Officer and a Spy (Arrow)

●     The TV Dagger
Happy Valley

●     The Film Dagger
Cold in July

●     The Best Supporting Actor Dagger
James Norton, Happy Valley

●     The Best Supporting Actress Dagger
Amanda Abbington, Sherlock

●     The International TV Dagger
True Detective.

Shortlists for the CWA Gold, John Creasey (New Blood) and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers 2014

Announced today, the shortlists are:

The CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year:
o The First Rule of Survival by Paul Mendelson (Constable)
o How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Sphere/Little Brown)
o Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly (Bantam/Transworld)
o This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash (Doubleday/Transworld)

The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for Best First Novel:
o The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
o The Devil In The Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson (Hodder & Stoughton)
o The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison (Headline)
o The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter (Penguin Fig Tree)

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year:
o Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty (Faber and Faber)
o An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (Random House)
o I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Transworld)
o Natchez Burning by Greg Iles (HarperCollins)

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 Shortlist

BaileysWomensPrizeForFictionThe shortlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize of Fiction 2014 was announced earlier this evening:

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah (Fourth Estate)
  • Hannah Kent – Burial Rites (Picador)
  • Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland (Bloomsbury)
  • Audrey Magee – The Undertaking (Atlantic Books)
  • Eimear McBride – A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing (Galley Beggar/Faber and Faber)
  • Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch (Little, Brown).

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 Longlist Announcement

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction has announced its longlist and the judges will now work on reducing this list to six for the shortlist, before choosing an overall winner to be announced on 4 June 2014.

StranglerVine[Crime lovers may like to note the inclusion of India-set historical crime novel The Strangler Vine from M J Carter and the Iceland-set Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.]

ReasonsDKDBaileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist:

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah
  • Margaret Atwood – MaddAddam
  • Suzanne Berne –  The Dogs of Littlefield
  • Fatima Bhutto – The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
  • Claire Cameron –  The Bear
  • Lea Carpenter – Eleven Days
  • M.J. Carter – The Strangler Vine
  • BurialRitesEleanor Catton – The Luminaries
  • Deborah Kay Davies – Reasons She Goes to the Woods
  • Elizabeth Gilbert – The Signature of All Things
  • Hannah Kent – Burial Rites
  • Rachel Kushner – The Flamethrowers
  • Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland
  • GoldfinchAudrey Magee – The Undertaking
  • Eimear McBride – A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
  • Charlotte Mendelson – Almost English
  • Anna Quindlen – Still Life with Bread Crumbs
  • Elizabeth Strout – The Burgess Boys
  • Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch
  • Evie Wyld – All The Birds, Singing.

The Inaugural 2014 Folio Prize Shortlist Announced

FolioPrizeThe shortlist of eight books for the inaugural Folio Prize has been announced today.

The prize is open to English language writers from all over the world and includes poetry, novels and short stories.  The winner of the £40,000 prize will be announced on 10 March.

  • Red Doc by Anne Carson (Canada)
  • Schroder by Amity Gaige (USA)
  • Last Friends by Jane Gardam (England)
  • Benediction by Kent Haruf (USA)
  • The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner (USA)
  • A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (Ireland)
  • A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava (USA)
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders (USA).

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

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.

audible.co.uk 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.

The Shortlist for the 2013 Bad Sex in Fiction Prize from the Literary Review

The shortlist for the UK’s most dreaded literary prize – the 21st annual award for the most embarrassing passage of sexual description in a novel – is now out and the award ceremony will take place on Tuesday 3 December 2013.

An important recap: the purpose of the prize is to draw attention to the crude, badly written, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it.  The prize is not intended to cover pornographic or expressly erotic literature.

The 2013 shortlist includes:

  • My Education by Susan Choi
  • The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwood
  • House of Earth by Woody Guthrie
  • Motherland by William Nicholson
  • The Victoria System by Eric Reinhardt
  • The World Was All Before Them by Matthew Reynolds
  • The City of Devi by Manil Suri
  • Secrecy by Rupert Thomson

From the Literary Review’s website:

For a confessional account on Bad Sex judging by Literary Review‘s senior editor Jonathan Beckman, read his piece in the Financial Times.  You will also be able to read a more detailed report on this year’s shortlist in Literary Review‘s December / January double issue.  For snippets from the shortlist, follow Literary Review‘s twitter account, @lit_review. The tweets are tagged as #BadSex.

The Telegraph has supplied the list ‘in full’ here.