Winner of The Children’s Book Award 2017 Announced

Back in February we brought you the shortlist of the Children’s Book Award 2017 and it made for an interesting collection of books. In a ceremony in London today the overall winner was announced and it’s a record-breaking fourth win for Michael Morpurgo for his book An Eagle in the Snow.

In the 37 years that the award has been announced, no one has won four times but all that changed today for former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo who collects the overall prize.

An Eagle in the Snow is set in 1940 in a train under attack from a German fighters sheltering in a tunnel and is inspired by a true story.

Other winners from the ceremony are announced as Sarah Crossan for her book One in the Books for Older Children category. Kes and Claire Gray’s Oi Dog! Was named the category winner for Books for Younger Children.

The Children’s Book Award has been awarded for the last 37 years and is the only award which is chosen and voted for entirely by young people. The award is operated and run by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.

8 Novels That We Think Could be Award Winners in 2018

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We’re still early in the year and that means months and months of exciting new releases, and all the literary awards of 2018 are still ahead of us. With this in mind, today we thought we’d combine the two and see if we can pick out some novels coming in 2018 that we also think may be up for some of this year’s big literary awards, allowing you addicts to stay ahead of the game. Read More

National Book Awards to Open to Translated Works

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The National Book Foundation Board for the prestigious US prize has announced that the awards will establish a fifth National Book Award for translated works of fiction, and nonfiction published in the USA.

The prize will honour one work of fiction, or nonfiction that has been translated into English in the US, and begins at the 69th National Book Awards this November. Read More

Costa Book of the Year Posthumously Awarded to Helen Dunmore

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The British poet, novelist, and children’s writer, Helen Dunmore, has been posthumously awarded the 2017 Costa Book of the Year Award for her tenth and final poetry collection, called Inside the Wave. The Costa Awards recognise writers from the UK and Ireland and the overall book of the year is selected from the winners of each category of novel, first novel, biography, poetry and children’s book. Read More

Carrie Fisher Posthumously Wins Grammy Award

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The 60th annual Grammy Awards ceremony was hosted yesterday in New York and saw the likes of Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Foo Fighters all win big that night. Though she may be more well known for acting rather than music, Carrie Fisher was awarded the Grammy for Best Spoken Word album for her audiobook recording of The Princess Diarist, which is a memoir comprised of diary entries from when she was shooting the original Star Wars films. Read More

New Book Prize Announced For Thrillers In Which No Woman Is Violently Exploited

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The Staunch Book Prize has been announced for 2018, for a very specific type of novel.

Author and screenwriter Bridget Lawless created the Staunch book prize which will open to entries on February 22nd until April 15th 2018. Her wish is to change the overused trope of using violence against women as a plot device. The prize will be given to the best thriller novel in which no woman is raped, murdered, or beaten. Asking for something refreshing in the world of thriller fiction, her website states:

As violence against women in fiction reaches a ridiculous high, the Staunch Book Prize invites thriller writers to keep us on the edge of our seats without resorting to the same old clichés – particularly female characters who are sexually assaulted (however ‘necessary to the plot’), or done away with (however ingeniously).”

The winner will be announced on the 25th of November to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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