Literary Awards

Children’s Book Award Shortlist 2017 Announced

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The Shortlist for the 2017 Children’s Book Awards was announced this morning and is the only National Award for children’s book voted for entirely by children. It’s a great place to get recommendations, and winning is a fantastic accolade.

Categories for the award are split into Books for Younger Children, Books for Younger Readers, Books for Older Readers, plus an overall Book of the Year Winner. Children can vote now and have until 17th May to do so, and the shortlisted books are here!


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Costa Prize Book of the Year 2016 Announced

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And it’s quite the accolade

The Costa Book of the Year award is a respected literary award and to win is quite the privilege. The 2016 winner was announced yesterday as Sebastian Barry for Days without End and it’s an astonishing accomplishment as the author becomes the only novelist ever to win the prize twice from the Costa Shortlist announced in November. Read More

The Wellcome Prize 2017 Longlist Revealed

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The Wellcome Prize is an annual literary award sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, celebrating the topics of health and medicine in literature. The 2017 twelve book longlist is revealed today, comprising a mixture of nonfiction, fiction, memoir and science.

This year’s judges are author Simon Baron-Cohen, author Gemma Cairney, author, Val McDermid, author Tim Lewens and radio editor Di Speirs. The shortlist will follow in March with the Wellcome Prize winner announced on 24th April. Here’s the longlist!

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New Cameo Awards To Celebrate Books that Inspire TV and Film

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With the revolution in television and streaming there have never been quite so many book to movie and book to television adaptation, and we book lovers couldn’t be happier. Now London Book & Screen Week is combining forces with the UK Publishers Association to launch an award for books that have inspired television series, films, games and theatre. Read More

Nielsen Bestseller Hall of Fame to add Rowling, Donaldson and James

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For 18 years now Nielsen Book has been tracking book sales and creating a yearly Hall of Fame featuring authors who have reached platinum sales records. The official ‘Class of 2016’ will be announced at the Specsavers Bestseller Awards Ceremony in late January but we hear today that J. K Rowling, Julia Donaldson, and E. L James have made it into the Hall of Fame. Read More

Bad Sex is Better than No Sex – The Literary Review’s Bad Sex Award Finalists

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It doesn’t matter how good or bad the quality, quantity, length, satisfaction levels, or innovativeness of the act there is no denying that sex sells. Look at the Fifty Shades trilogy, it is the consensus that the writing was mediocre at best and at worst promoted abusive relationships and yet it has catapulted its author into the literary hall of fame and forever raised erotic literature out of the gutters and into the hands of everyone and anyone. Read More