Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Galaxy Book of the Year Awards Announced

It’s Awards time again and the Galaxy Book of the Year will be determined by an elite and bi-partisan chapter of the Academy of the British Book Industry during the week beginning 30th March 2009. The shortlist for this award is made up from the elected winners of the following categories:
Borders Author of the Year
Waterstone's New Writer of the Year in association with the Daily Mail
Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year
Play.com Popular Non-Fiction Book Award
Sainsbury’s Popular Fiction Award
Tesco Biography of the Year
Now the section we are most interesting in, of course, is the Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year. And the nominees are:
The Business by Martina Cole (Headline)
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (Pocket Books)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (MacLehose Press/Quercus)
No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay (Orion)
Revelation by C.J. Sansom (Macmillan)
When Will There Be Good News? By Kate Atkinson (Black Swan)

But there is also “cross-overs” in the Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year, in association with Watch TV & Heart Radio. Here’s the full listing:
The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman (Sphere)
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale (Bloomsbury)
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (Canongate)
When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson (Black Swan)
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (Black Swan)
The Bolter by Frances Osborne (Virago)
Netherland by Joseph O'Neill (HarperPerennial)
The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite by Beatrice Colin (John Murra)
December by Elizabeth H. Winthrop (Sceptre)
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (Atlantic Books)

It will be a close call to actually pick a winner out of the list. The GBOY has its own site where you can check out the books and videos. Click here. Good luck to all the authors.

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