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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

Reader Reviewed Unravelling Oliver
Liz Nugent
April 2015 Debut of the Month. A fabulously refreshing and fascinating debut, there’s nothing to solve here - or is there! The first chapter...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
How to be Both
Ali Smith
Shortlisted for 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 novel. It is in fact two related novellas. In one...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
     
Reader Reviewed All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A big book in every way, powerful, intensely moving and awe inspiring. It traces the lives of blind Marie and orphan Werner through World War II. Werner is a whizz with fixing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. This beautiful book celebrates fifty years of publishing Anne Tyler over nineteen books. It is so quintessentially hers, a long tale of three generations of the Whitshank family and the house...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/02/2015
     
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 as never before. These bees are not anthropomorphised or overly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     
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 to create and the human art of self-portraiture in which...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
     
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 house in Camberwell. They take in lodgers, a young married...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
     
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 of adventure, and love. Thousands of miles away a twenty-year-old...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2015
     
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 and vivid images, this sweeps you through a fascinating period...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2009
     
Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to herself. ‘Elizabeth is missing’ is one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
     
Station Eleven
Emily St. John Mandel
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Following four wonderful literary crime novels (to be issued in the UK later), Canadian author Mandel breaks through with a beautifully modulated post-apocalypse tale, where a virus has decimated the world...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2014
     
More Than This
Patrick Ness
Shortlistedfor the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal. One of our Books of the Year 2014. This exceptional new novel from multi-award-winning Patrick Ness will, once again, delight his readers with a superbly written, enthralling and provocative story that raises the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2014
     
Crooked Heart
Lissa Evans
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A touching tale of an educated, free thinking lad and his relationship with an unscrupulous family upon whom he is billeted during the Blitz. This is a war story with a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     
The Offering
Grace McCleen
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A stunning novel about faith, innocence and sin, the tale of an unusual rite of passage with terrible consequences by the prize-winning young author of The Land of Decoration. Lyrically evoking...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
After Before
Jemma Wayne
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. “That was the day that Mama made the rules: If they come, run. Be quiet and run. But not together. Never together. If one is found, at least the other survives….”
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2014
     
The Shore
Sara Taylor
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Dreamlike and yet impossibly real, profound and playful, The Shore is a richly unique, breathtakingly ambitious and accomplished debut novel by a young writer of astonishing gifts. We see through multiple...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/03/2015
     
The Life of a Banana
P. P. Wong
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Consumed by secrets, violence and confusing family relations, Xing Li tries to find hope wherever she can. In order to find her own identity, she must first discover what it means...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2014
     
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night
Heather O'neill
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A coming-of-age novel that will stay long in your memory. At 6, Nouschka is the child star daughter of Quebecs most famous musician. At 16, she's a high-school dropout kicking up...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/03/2015
     
The Wake
Paul Kingsnorth
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 is also shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Gordon...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2015
     
The Country of Ice Cream Star
Sandra Newman
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Set in the ruins of a futuristic America, this is about a 15-year old girl, Ice Cream Star. She lives in a world of kids for once anyone becomes twenty they...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
Academy Street
Mary Costello
Joyous and heart-breaking, restrained but sweeping, this is a profoundly moving story that charts one woman's quest for belonging amid the dazzle and tumult of America's greatest city. Academy Street establishes Mary Costello as one of Ireland's most exciting literary...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2015
     
The Iceberg A Memoir
Marion Coutts
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. Stripped of sentimentality, this is Marion Coutts’ account of her husband being diagnosed with a brain tumour through to his subsequent death. A heartbreaking account of the loss of a partner, her spare...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan
Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2014. This is the story of an Australian surgeon, Dorrigo Evans, a POW in a Japanese camp during World War II, working on the Thai-Burma railway. It moves backwards and forwards in time as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
The Walk Home
Rachel Seiffert
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A sad tale of discontent, of lost souls and the severing of ties. It centres on an Irish family gone to Scotland who initially have ambitions to try to better themselves...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
Dear Thief
Samantha Harvey
Longlisted for the Bailey's Womens Prize for Fiction 2015. The book begins in 2001 when an unnamed woman starts to write to an estranged friend. She reminisces back to 1976 and takes some months writing it with nowhere to send...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
     
The Table of Less-valued Knights
Marie Phillips
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. With Gods Behaving Badly Marie Phillips showed that she has a rare gift for comedy, taking familiar characters from legend and giving them an ingenious contemporary twist. In The Table...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
     
Aren't We Sisters?
Patricia Ferguson
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. If you are a fan of Ferguson’s last book, The Midwife’s Daughter, you will recognise some characters but if you haven’t read it, it matters not. This surprising tale centres on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
     
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: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
     

Last Month's Featured Books

Half Bad
Sally Green
Winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015. Shortlisted for the Bookseller Young Adult Book Prize 2015. Important questions are posed in this richly imagined...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Dead Ends
Erin Jade Lange
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 A touching and beautifully observed story about friendship and overcoming family difficulties. An unlikely friendship between...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Our Endless Numbered Days
Claire Fuller
March 2015 Debut of the Month. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Seventeen-year...
 
 
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. Owning and training a hawk has...
 
 
Storm & Stone
Joss Stirling
Winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year 2015. Raven Stone has noticed something seriously sinister is happening at the elite boarding school she attends. Students are disappearing and she...
 
 
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...
 
 
A to Z of You and Me
James Hannah
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Forty year old Ivo is dying of kidney failure. As he lies in his hospice bed his sister tries to persuade him to...
 
 
Young Skins
Colin Barrett
Winner of the 2014 Guardian First Book Award. Winner of the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. This magnificent collection takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural...
 
 
The Last Word
Hanif Kureishi
March 2015 Book of the Month. As one would expect from such a talented writer, this is an intelligent, amusing and intimate...
 
 
Chop Chop
Simon Wroe
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. A fabulous and surprising read about an English lit graduate taking a lowly job in the kitchen of a Camden restaurant but mostly...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Leslye Walton
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 - *** Suitable for 15+ as some explicit content An enormous family saga unfolds in this story shot through with...
 
 
The Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the Bookseller Young Adult Book Prize 2015. One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014...
 
 
Only Ever Yours
Louise O'Neill
Winner of the Bookseller Young Adult Book Prize 2015 -Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 In a dystopian future women are created...
 
 
Family Life
Akhil Sharma
Winner of the Folio Prize 2015. Darkly comic, Family Life is a story of a boy torn between duty and survival amid the ruins of everything he once knew.
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

Parallax
Sinead Morrissey
Winner of the TS Eliot prize for poetry 2013. The Forward Prize-shortlisted fourth collection of poems by the inaugural Belfast laureate, and one of Northern Ireland's greatest female poets. ...
 
 
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. Owning and training a hawk has...
 
 
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. A fascinating read about the nature of the “stuff” that humans have created and the ways we use and...
 
 
No One Belongs Here More Than You
Miranda July
Winner of HTE 2007, Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Often provocative, intriguing and challenging yet with the wonderful ability to offer gentle affection and compassion, this collection of 16...
 
 
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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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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