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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

Proud My Autobiography
Gareth Thomas
Winner of the Sports Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Winner of the Autobiography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Shortlisted for the Rugby Book of the Year Award at the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
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 and not one to “toe the company line”. His book...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
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 of him from their home. Peggy has a nine-year old...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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
     
Reader Reviewed Someone Else's Skin
Sarah Hilary
Shortlisted for 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 great reads. This stars sparky DI Marnie Rome and her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     
Entry Island
Peter May
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the undoubted popular success of his China-based thrillers, his Enzo Files set in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     
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, it is the Devon seaside village of Limeburn and its...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
The Devil in the Marshalsea
Antonia Hodgson
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger - Best First Novel 2014. Winner of the CWA Historical Dagger Award 2014. Set between the death...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     
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 that took place in New Orleans during 1919, weaves a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
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 believes she has found the grave of a notorious Victorian...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Last Month'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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

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...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed Trouble
Non Pratt
****Non Pratt is appearing alongside fellow YA authors,James Dawson and Malorie Blackman in a special event at Hay Fever,...
 
 

Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel
Winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award for Science Fiction 2015. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Following four wonderful literary crime novels (to be issued in...
 
 

The Pointless Book Started by Alfie Deyes, Finished by You
Alfie Deyes
Shortlisted for the The Bookseller Book of the Year 2015. Brought to you by YouTube Vlogger Alfie Deyes, The Pointless Book and the accompanying free downloadable app, is the...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Runner-up for the Betty Trask Award 2015. One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to...
 
 

The Miniaturist
Jessie Burton
One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. A superlative debut novel that combines the complexity and atmosphere of the best historical tales with a touching...
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. May 2015 Debut of the Month. A...
 
 

H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
Shortlisted for the The Bookseller Book of the Year 2015. Winner of the Costa Book of the year 2014. Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2014. Winner of...
 
 

Fire Songs
David Harsent
Winner of the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2014. The poems in David Harsent's new collection, whether single poems, dramatic sequences, or poems that 'belong to one another', share a...
 
 

The Seeker
S. G. MacLean
Shortlisted for 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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
Alexander McCall Smith
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2015. A scrumptious, joyous read, stuffed full of sharp wit, laugh out loud frolics and gentle soothing compassion. Fatty and his loving, loyal...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Sea of Poppies
Amitav Ghosh
The first in the breathtaking trilogy on the history of the opium wars. This starts just before in a time of colonial upheaval, the 1830s. Full of minutiae, strong characters...
 
 

Guy Martin: My Autobiography
Guy Martin
Shortlisted for the Autobiography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. Find out what motivates Guy Martin to confront the dangers of road racing, you’ll experience the...
 
 

The Sure Thing The Greatest Coup in Horse Racing History
Nick Townsend
Shortlisted for the Racing Book of the Year Award at the British Sports Book Awards 2015. The story of Barney Curley, the man who made betting pay...for him. Not a...
 
 

How to Ruin a Queen Marie Antoinette, the Stolen Diamonds and the Scandal That Shook the French Throne
Jonathan Beckman
Winner of a Somerset Maugham Award 2015. This is a tale of political machinations and extravagance on an enormous scale; of kidnappings, prison breaks and assassination attempts; of hapless French...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
May 2015 Book of the Month. Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A big book in every way, powerful, intensely...
 
 

Us
David Nicholls
After the phenomenal success of One Day it must have been tough for the author to write this. Little will live up to that masterpiece but give the man...
 
 

Keep Your Friends Close
Paula Daly
A tale of a complicated relationship, a cunning predator and fatal repercussions. It is very good. Nat and Sean are solidly married but an old university friend of Nat’s upsets...
 
 

Lamentation
C. J. Sansom
Shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2015. This magnificent series continues with one of the best. New readers will miss out a little on the character development but still...
 
 

Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Piketty
Shortlisted for the The Bookseller Book of the Year 2015. The main driver of inequality--returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth--is again threatening to generate extreme discontent...
 
 

Persiana Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond
Sabrina Ghayour
Shortlisted for the The Bookseller Book of the Year 2015. A celebration of the food and flavours from the regions near the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea,...
 
 

Darke Mission
Scott Caladon
Winner of the Peoples' Book PrizeThe British government is secretly bankrupt. There is no money to pay the police, armed forces and the NHS. JJ Darke, lone parent and Scottish...
 
 

How Have I Cheated Death? A Short and Merry Life with Cystic Fibrosis
Tim Wotton
Winner of the Non-Fiction Peoples' Book Award 2015 A story of triumph over adverstity, this chronicle demonstrates what cannot be cured needs to be endured. It is also the record...
 
 
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Keep Tabs on the Winners _________________________

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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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