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Book Awards

Book Awards

Discover authors who are winners of, or have been in contention for, some of the most prestigious awards. By their very presence on this page, you can be sure that each of the books featured here is the 'crème-de-la-crème' of today's literature.

Stuff Matters The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World
Mark A. Miodownik
Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. Everything is made of something...From the everyday objects in our homes to the most extraordinary new materials that will shape our future, Stuff Matters reveals the inner workings of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
     

How to be Both
Ali Smith
Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 this is an unusual and highly inventive novel. It is in fact two related novellas. In one we meet George,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

The Miniaturist
Jessie Burton
A superlative debut novel that combines the complexity and atmosphere of the best historical tales with a touching meditation on the nature of art and its organic relationship with the human soul, The Miniaturist is an absolute delight of a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

The Shock of the Fall
Nathan Filer
Winner of the Writers’ Guild Award for Best First Novel 2014. Winner of the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2013. Having won...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/01/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to herself. ‘Elizabeth is missing’ is one such note which Maud then becomes obsessed with for Elizabeth...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     

Fire Songs
David Harsent
Winner of the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. Throughout the book - in the stark biography of 'Songs from the Same Earth', the troubling fractured narrative of 'A Dream Book', the harrowing lines of connection in four poems each titled...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
     

Parallax
Sinead Morrissey
Winner of the TS Eliot prize for poetry 2013. In Parallax Sinead Morrissey documents what is caught, and what is lost, when houses and cityscapes, servants and saboteurs ('the different people who lived in sepia') are arrested in time by photography...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/07/2013
     

H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2014. Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2014. Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize 2014. 'In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

My Family and Other Superheroes
Jonathan Edwards
Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2014. The superheroes in question are a motley crew. Evel Knievel, Sophia Loren, Ian Rush, Marty McFly, a bicycling nun and a recalcitrant hippo - all leap from these pages and jostle for position, alongside...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/02/2014
     

Five Children on the Western Front Inspired by E. Nesbit's Five Children and it Stories
Kate Saunders
Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2014. A follow-on from Five Children and It stories, in which, the five children have grown up and World War I has begun in earnest. Cyril is off to fight, Anthea is at art...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
     

Love, Nina Despatches from Family Life
Nina Stibbe
January 2015 Guest Editor Harriet Evans on Love, Nina... I need a book that gives me a warm safe glow come winter and this is that book. It is genuinely hilarious. I don’t know anyone else who has quite the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
     


Keep Tabs on the Winners

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From the huge and prestigious literary awards like the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the Women's Prize for Fiction, the British Book Awards (Nibbies) and the Costa Awards, to those for specific genres like the Women's Prize for New Writers, the Hugo Awards and the Nebula Awards (Fantasy and Science Fiction) and the Crime Writers Association Dagger Awards we’ll cover the whole range.

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For each award, Lovereading will feature the shortlist of books and authors before the individual winner is announced. As with all our Featured Books, you will be able to download and print off free Opening Extracts of each book. In this way, you can choose your own winner and see if the judges agree with you!

And remember, even if the judges don't pick your favourite, all Book Award titles are available to order online at 25% off the RRP.


Member of a Reading Group? - Buy 5 or more copies of any single title and get an extra 5% discount!

A selection of other awards that will feature in this Lovereading category include:

Philip K. Dick Award (FSF)  Hawthornden Prize (Imaginative Literature)  National Book Awards (USA)  Hugo Awards (SF)  Bram Stoker Awards (Horror) Dagger Awards (Crime Fiction)  The Women's Prize for New Writers


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The Month Before's Featured Books 


I am Pilgrim
Terry Hayes
Winner of the Crime/Thriller Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger - Thriller of the Year 2014. A smashing first...
 
 
 


Chop Chop
Simon Wroe
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. A fabulous and surprising read about an English lit graduate taking a lowly job in the kitchen of a Camden restaurant but mostly...
 
 
 


The Axeman's Jazz
Ray Celestin
Winner of the Specsavers CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger - Best First Novel 2014. New Orleans, 1919. As music fills the city, a serial killer strikes ...New Orleans, 1919. As...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. A...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of the International Author of the of...
 
 
 


Please, Mr Postman
Alan Johnson
Winner of the Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Born in condemned housing in West London in 1950, with no heating, no electricity and...
 
 
 


Us
David Nicholls
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of the UK Author of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. After the phenomenal...
 
 
 


Plenty More
Yotam Ottolenghi
Winner of the Food & Drink Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Vegetables have moved from the side dish to the main plate, grains celebrated with...
 
 
 


The American Lover
Rose Tremain
One of our Books of the Year 2014. The American Lover has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2014. A collection of sensitive, absorbing and beautifully rendered stories. Only...
 
 
 


Awful Auntie
David Walliams
Winner of the Children's Book of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. From number one bestselling author David Walliams comes another heartfelt but hilarious hoot of an adventure...
 
 
 


Young Skins
Colin Barrett
Winner of the 2014 Guardian First Book Award. Boy racers speed down the back lanes; couples haunt the midnight woods; young skins huddle in the cold once. The Peacock has closed...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


This Dark Road to Mercy
Wiley Cash
Winner of the Specsavers CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger - Crime Novel of the Year 2014. Easter Quillby: Wade disappeared on us when I was six, and I never saw him again...
 
 
 


Gulp Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Mary Roach
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. Mary Roach can never resist going just that bit further, searching out the most arcane information on her chosen subject...
 
 
 


An Officer and a Spy
Robert Harris
Winner of the Specsavers CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger - Thriller of the Year 2014. Open this book and you know immediately that you are in good hands. Harris’ fluent style,...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014. One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Eighty-something...
 
 
 


In the Light of What We Know
Zia Haider Rahman
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. An investment banker approaching forty, in the midst of his career collapsing and marriage unravelling, receives a surprise visitor at his West London townhouse. Confronting...
 
 
 


The Lives of Others
Neel Mukherjee
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. There are a lot of books about India, this is one of the best. It is a huge...
 
 
 


The Night Guest
Fiona McFarlane
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2014. In an isolated house on the New South Wales coast, Ruth, a widow whose sons have flown the nest, lives alone. Until one...
 
 
 


House of Ashes
Monique Roffey
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. The City of Silk is seething. The corrupt government has been ruling over the people too long and the city is becoming restless. Then...
 
 
 


The Cancer Chronicles Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery
George Johnson
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science-writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn...
 
 
 


J
Howard Jacobson
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. For thirty years Jacobson has stuck to his roots, mining his own life for material … until now for,...
 
 
 


The Wake
Paul Kingsnorth
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Everyone knows the date of the Battle of Hastings. Far fewer people know what happened next...Set in the three...
 
 
 


Serving the Reich The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler
Philip Ball
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. Serving the Reich tells the story of physics under Hitler. While some scientists tried to create an Aryan physics that...
 
 
 


Seven Elements That Have Changed the World Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon
John Browne
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. Humans have put the Earth's resources to extraordinary use, but not always for the benefit of humankind. SEVEN ELEMENTS vividly...
 
 
 


The Perfect Theory A Century of Geniuses and the Battle Over General Relativity
Professor Pedro G. Ferreira
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014. Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement in modern physics. Anything that involves gravity,...
 
 
 


How the Light Gets in
Louise Penny
The number one New York Times bestseller. A DETECTIVE As a fierce, unrelenting winter grips Quebec, shadows are closing in on Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have...
 
 
 


The Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014. This is a remarkable and surprising book, just when you...
 
 
 


Outline A Novel
Rachel Cusk
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the...
 
 
 


The Absent Therapist
Will Eaves
Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. The Absent Therapist is a book of soundings, a jostle of voices that variously argue, remember, explain, justify, speculate and meander . . . Sons...
 
 
 


Nora Webster
Colm Toibin
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. Nora Webster is the heartbreaking new novel from one of the greatest novelists writing today. It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster...
 
 
 


Academy Street
Mary Costello
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Book At Bedtime. She stood on the edge of the grass. She hovered between worlds, deciphering the...
 
 
 


Roy Jenkins
John Campbell
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. Shortlisted for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize. Jenkins was probably the best Prime Minister Britain never had. But though he never reached 10 Downing Street,...
 
 
 


The Iceberg A Memoir
Marion Coutts
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. In 2008, Marion Coutts' husband, the art critic Tom Lubbock, was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and told that he had not more than...
 
 
 


Do No Harm Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
Henry Marsh
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut through the...
 
 
 


Running Girl
Simon Mason
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014. What sort of girl was gorgeous Chloe Dow? Not the sort to disappear without a trace. What sort of policeman is workaholic Detective...
 
 
 


Listen to the Moon
Michael, M.B.E. Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014. A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author ofWar...
 
 
 


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