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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.

This Month's Featured Books

In the Light of What We Know
Zia Haider Rahman
Winner of the James Tait Memorial Prize for fiction 2015. A bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century. In the Light of What We Know is tender, intimate, beautifully...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     
The Wake
Paul Kingsnorth
Winner of the The Bookseller's Book of the Year 2015. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, this critically acclaimed novel was the first crowdfunded novel to appear on the longlist. The Wake...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2015
     
The Illuminations
Andrew O'Hagan
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A beautifully told story of war and dementia. Luke is serving in Afghanistan. His grandmother Anne is slipping into dementia in her sheltered flat in Scotland. This powerful and moving book tells their...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Spring of Kasper Meier
Ben Fergusson
Winner of the Betty Trask Award 2015. A highly descriptive literary thriller of post-war Berlin which brilliantly illustrates the terrible aftermath of war. People live hand-to-mouth like rats scavenging for food and essentials in a constant state of fear. You...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/01/2015
     
The Green Road
Anne Enright
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland's Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion - a book about the gaps in the human heart and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
The Chimes
Anna Smaill
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A book of contrasts: charming and disturbing; exciting and slow building; post-apocalyptic and brand new. With no real memories, just the day-to-day habits of life and work, how do people understand who they...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. This beautiful book celebrates fifty years of publishing Anne Tyler over nineteen books. It is so quintessentially hers, a long tale...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2015
     
The Devil in the Marshalsea
Antonia Hodgson
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. Winner of the CWA Historical Dagger Award 2014. Set between the death of George I and the coronation of George II when the South Sea Bubble...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     
The Valley A Hundred Years in the Life of a Yorkshire Family
Richard Benson
Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for biography 2015. If I could nominate a Book of the Month, this would be it, Richard Benson’s family memoir has kept me up late and made me get up at dawn the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Sleeping on Jupiter
Anuradha Roy
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. This is a stark and unflinching novel by a spellbinding storyteller, about religion, love, and violence in the modern world. A dark tale of lost innocence and redemption by the author of
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
The Fishermen
Chigozie Obioma, Jon Gray
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. In this dazzling debut novel, four young brothers in a small Nigerian town encounter a madman, whose prophecy of violence threatens the core of their family. Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
The Year of the Runaways
Sunjeev Sahota
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. Sweeping between India and England, and between childhood and the present day, Sunjeev Sahota's generous, unforgettable novel is a story of dignity in the face of adversity and the ultimate triumph of the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/06/2015
     
Satin Island
Tom McCarthy
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. Meet U. - a talented and uneasy figure currently pimping his skills to an elite consultancy in contemporary London. As U. oscillates between the visionary and the vague, brilliance and bullshit, Satin Island...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
The Moor's Account
Laila Lalami
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. The Moor's Account illuminates the ways in which stories can transmigrate into history, and how storytelling can offer a chance for redemption, reinvention and survival.
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
     
Did You Ever Have a Family
Bill Clegg
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. Lit by the clarity of understanding that true sadness brings, Did You Ever Have a Family is an elegant, unforgettable story that reveals humanity at its worst and best, through loss and love,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/08/2015
     
A Brief History of Seven Killings
Marlon James
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. Set against the backdrop of 1970s reggae culture, disco, sex and excess comes this remarkable re-imagining of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. Gripping and inventive, ambitious and mesmerising, A Brief History of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
A Little Life
Hanya Yanagihara
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance. In a remarkable and precise...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/08/2015
     
J: A Novel
Howard Jacobson
For thirty years Jacobson has stuck to his roots, mining his own life for material … until now for, with this book, he has switched to making things up. The result is a triumph. Set in the future and revolving...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015
     
I am China
Xiaolu Guo
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A tale of love and politics, of poetry and repression. In 1999 two Chinese students hid as a café is stormed by the authorities, so begins their love. In 2013 a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015
     
Chase Your Shadow The Trials of Oscar Pistorius
John Carlin
Shortlisted for the Biography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. As the Independent Newspaper’s South African Bureau Chief from 1989-1995, John Carlin has extensive knowledge of the country, its political and sporting heroes, his book Playing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed Someone Else's Skin
Sarah Hilary
Winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. One of our Books of the Year 2014. A powerful new detective series joins the ranks of...
 
 

The Outcast Dead A Ruth Galloway Investigation
Elly Griffiths
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. The next in the Norfolk-based Ruth Galloway, DCI Nelson cases. Ruth is a forensic archaeologist and here...
 
 

Entry Island
Peter May
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. Following the undoubted popular success of his China-based thrillers, his Enzo Files set in France and the...
 
 

You
Caroline Kepnes
July 2015 Debut of the Month. Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger...
 
 

The Facts of Life and Death
Belinda Bauer
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. Another fine work by this author. Unusual for a thriller the police are not the main characters,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Our Endless Numbered Days
Claire Fuller
Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Seventeen-year old Peggy has recently returned home, initially we know not from where. Her father is dead, her mother has destroyed all evidence...
 
 

Camille
Pierre Lemaitre
Winner of the CWA International Dagger 2015. The conclusion to the Camille Verhoeven trilogy brings in characters from Irène and Alex but this really does stand on its own and...
 
 

The Seeker
S. G. MacLean
Winner of the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2015. A complicated, thrilling tale with many threads all leading to a Royalist plot to assassinate Oliver Cromwell. Our hero, Damien Seeker, is...
 
 

The Axeman's Jazz
Ray Celestin
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. So, so much more than just a crime novel, this beautifully written tale, inspired by real events...
 
 

No Limits My Autobiography
Ian Poulter
Shortlisted for the Autobiography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Now one of England’s top professional golfers, Ian Poulter can be a controversial and forthright figure...
 
 

Proud My Autobiography
Gareth Thomas
Winner of the Sports Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. In 2009 Gareth Thomas was quoted as saying “It ended my marriage and nearly drove...
 
 

Life or Death
Michael Robotham
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award 2015. The Shawshank Redemption meets No Country for Old Men in the breathtaking new thriller from international bestseller Michael Robotham.
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Harvest
Jim Crace
Winner of the Impac Prize 2015. A beautifully written and unexpectedly thrilling novel, this book defies categorisation and almost reinvents itself from one chapter to the next. Dark, unsettling, intriguing...
 
 

Outline A Novel
Rachel Cusk
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Outline is a novel about writing and talking, about self-effacement and self-expression, about the desire...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Bees
Laline Paull
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. An excellent book unlike any other. The life of bees is examined and fictionalised...
 
 

A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler
One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. This beautiful book celebrates fifty years of publishing Anne Tyler over nineteen books. It is so quintessentially hers,...
 
 

Roy Jenkins
John Campbell
Following Roy Jenkins from his not-quite working class roots through to his rise in politics and influence on post-war Britain. Jenkins can be seen either as an usher in of...
 
 

Mr Mercedes
Stephen King
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award 2015. Stephen King is one of the greatest writers alive today. He always has a well-structured plot and a delightful turn of phrase....
 
 

A God in Every Stone
Kamila Shamsie
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Summer, 1914. Young Englishwoman Vivian Rose Spencer is in an ancient land, about to discover the Temple of Zeus, the call...
 
 

The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. London 1922. Frances and her mother lost all their male relatives in the war and are left struggling with a big...
 
 

How to be Both
Ali Smith
Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2014. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 this is an unusual and highly inventive...
 
 

Into a Raging Blaze
Andreas Norman
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2015. Swedish crime gives way to Swedish spy! It also raises questions about disclosing secrets, what is “not in the public interest”. Indeed, what...
 
 

Lost for Words
Edward St. Aubyn
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014. From the bestselling author of the Patrick Melrose novels, this is a thought-provoking...
 
 

The Bone Clocks
David Mitchell
This is a big story on a huge canvas. If you are a David Mitchell fan then you are in for a treat. If new to him then be prepared...
 
 

Alone The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry
Bill Jones
Winner of the Outstanding Sports Writing Award at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Shortlisted for the Biography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. The triumph...
 
 

Please, Mister Postman
Alan Johnson
Winner of the Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Having written of his childhood in This Boy, Labour MP, Alan Johnson follows on...
 
 

Cobra
Deon Meyer
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2015. You’ve got to push through the bitty start, sort out the difficult names and allow the book to get going for then...
 
 

Cop Town
Karin Slaughter
Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015. Atlanta 1974 and two female cops join forces, one old hand, one brand new. This excellent thriller certainly makes you think...
 
 

Arimathea
Frank McGuinness
A passionate, poetic debut novel from Irish Playwright and Poet Frank McGuiness. 1940’s Donegal and an Italian Painter arrives to work and nothing and no-one is the same afterwards. Told...
 
 

Grumpy Old Menopause
Carol E. Wyer
Winner for Non-Fiction in The People's Book Prize for 2015. Have you started to write post-it notes with your kids' names on them? Do you need to change your underwear...
 
 
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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!

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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