The Specsavers National Book Awards 2013 shortlists have been announced – and the race is on for victory across the ten categories…
Neil Gaiman is nominated for three different awards for his two books Fortunately, the Milk… and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, whilst Robert Harris, whose An Officer and a Spy was our Book of the Month for October – joins Bill Bryson, David Walliams, William Boyd, and Waterstones Book of the Year nominee Kate Atkinson in the two nomination club.
The long-awaited publication of Patrick Leigh Fermour‘s The Broken Road and Judith Tebbutt’s harrowing account of her abduction by Somali pirates sit alongside celebrity heavyweights such as David Jason, Rick Stein, Mary Berry, and Jennifer Saunders in the Biography category.
Saunders’ comedy partner, turned bestselling novelist, Dawn French is also in esteemed company on the Popular Fiction list – with Robert Harris, Helen Fielding, William Boyd, Adele Parks and Philippa Gregory also nominated.
The Food and Drink category is overwhelmingly flavoured with TV tie-ins – with the big brand-names of Jamie Oliver, Nigel Slater and Paul Hollywood facing off against the new challengers Rachel Khoo, Tom Kerridge and The Incredible Spice Men - Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh.
As well as illustrating fellow nominee Neil Gaiman‘s Fortunately, the Milk…, Chris Riddell has made it onto the shortlist for this year’s Children’s Book of the Year with Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse. He and Gaiman join perennial favourite Julia Donaldson; CILIP Carnegie Medal winning Sally Gardner; underpant experts Claire Freedman and Ben Cort; and the staggeringly popular David Walliams on this year’s list.
Meanwhile, a name which last year would have been entirely unknown – Robert Galbraith, better known as J.K. Rowling - is competing with Peter James, Sophie Hannah, Lee Child, Louise Doughty and Tim Weaver for the Crime & Thriller award.
Books from across all genres make up this year’s New Writer of the Year shortlist – with the hotly-tipped first fantasy novel from Samantha Shannon squaring up to Waterstones eleven debut author Gavin Extence, as well as strong competition from Lottie Moggach, James Oswald, Nathan Filer, and Liza Klaussman.
International Author of the Year is the place to look if you want a big read – Donna Tartt, Khaled Hosseini and Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton‘s novels will exercise your arms as much as your minds. Though perhaps a lighter read, Dan Brown‘s Inferno is no less thigh-numbing, whilst Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year winner RJ Palacio and Gillian Flynn‘s Gone Girl provide more commuter-friendly – but equally thrilling – additions to the category shortlist.
Previous Waterstones Book of the Year nominee Simon Garfield is in the running against Bill Bryson, Max Hastings, Malcolm Gladwell and Malala Yousafzai for a shot at Popular Non Fiction Book of the Year – as well as Mosley and Spencer‘s The Fast Diet - which is presumably classed as a “feather-weight” contender…
The Waterstones sponsored UK Author of the Year Award recognises the sad loss of Iain Banks this year with his inclusion on an incredibly strong list which also includes Maggie O’Farrell, Kate Atkinson, Patrick Ness, Neil Gaiman and Man Booker shortlisted author Jim Crace.
The category winners will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 11th December at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
Audiobook of the Year sponsored by audible.co.uk
An Officer and a Spy, Robert Harris – read by David Rintoul
Demon Dentist, David Walliams – read by the author
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson – read by Fenella Woolgar
One Summer: America 1927, Bill Bryson – read by the author
Solo, William Boyd – read by Dominic West
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman – read by the author
Autobiography/Biography of the Year
A Long Walk Home, Judith Tebbutt
Bonkers: My Life in Laughs, Jennifer Saunders
David Jason: My Life, David Jason
Recipe for Life, Mary Berry
The Broken Road, Patrick Leigh Fermor with Artemis Cooper & Colin Thurbon
Under a Mackerel Sky, Rick Stein
Children’s Book of the Year sponsored by National Book Tokens
Fortunately, the Milk…, Neil Gaiman
Demon Dentist, David Walliams
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, Chris Riddell
Maggot Moon, Sally Gardner
Pirates Love Underpants, Claire Freedman and Ben Cort
The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat, Julia Donaldson
Crime & Thriller Book of the Year
Food & Drink Book of the Year
Eat, Nigel Slater
The Incredible Spice Men, Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh
My Little French Kitchen, Rachel Khoo
Paul Hollywood’s Bread, Paul Hollywood
Proper Pub Grub, Tom Kerridge
Save With Jamie, Jamie Oliver
International Author of the Year
New Writer of the Year sponsored by Books are my Bag
Kiss Me First, Lottie Moggach
Natural Causes, James Oswald
The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon
The Shock of the Fall, Nathan Filer
The Universe versus Alex Woods, Gavin Extence
Tigers in Red Weather, Liza Klaussmann
Popular Fiction Book of the Year sponsored by Specsavers
An Officer and a Spy, Robert Harris
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Helen Fielding
Oh Dear Silvia, Dawn French
Solo, William Boyd
The State We’re In, Adele Parks
The White Princess, Philippa Gregory
Popular Non Fiction Book of the Year sponsored by Magic FM
Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914, Max Hastings
David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell
I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb
On the Map, Simon Garfield
One Summer, Bill Bryson
The Fast Diet: The Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Dr Michael Mosley & Mimi Spencer (Short Books)