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.
Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'Crime & Thriller of the Year' 2012. A Glasgow post office one week before Christmas. Martin Pavel cowers on the floor, his eyes locked on those of a terrified child. Above them a masked gunman wields an AK47 while the boy's grandfather calmly volunteers to help the robber gather the money. Then the old man stands passively, hands by his sides, while the gunman raises the barrel and shoots him to shreds. Recently returned to work after the birth of her twins, DS Alex Morrow is called in to head the investigation. Why did the grandfather offer his help? Was it a moment of madness, a noble act of self-sacrifice, or did the old man and his killer share a dark past? Morrow's enquiries lead her to the door of Kenny Gallagher, a politician fighting for his political life - and his marriage - after he's publicly accused of having an affair with a young employee. And unknown to Morrow a temptation too great to resist leads two of her colleagues, DCs Leonard and Wilder, to make a rash decision and leaves them at the mercy of a ruthless blackmailer.
Winner of the Best Historical Read Award from the Festival of Romance 2012. An intriguingly romantic and supernatural time slip mystery from Award winning historical novelist Christina Courtenay. Could the vivid life like dreams that Melissa Grantham and fellow villager Jake Precy are having be a message from the sprit world - and if they are what are they trying to tell them? Choc Lit, the publisher of this novel, was the 2012 Publisher of the Year as voted for by the Festival of Romance.
Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2012. Jessie Lamb is an ordinary girl living in extraordinary times: as her world collapses, her idealism and courage drive her towards the ultimate act of heroism. If the human race is to survive, it's up to her. Set just a month or two in the future, in a world irreparably altered by an act of biological terrorism, The Testament of Jessie Lamb explores a young woman's determination to make her life count for something, as the certainties of her childhood are ripped apart.
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2012. 'What's the worst thing you've ever done?' The thrilling new Charlie Parker novel from bestselling author John Connolly.
Winner of the 'Best of the Best' children's category at the Independent Bookshop Week Awards 2016. June 2012 Debut of the Month. Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, Wonder is a book you'll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. This is a wonderful debut from a storyteller with a great future if this book is anything to go by and her characters are intensely likeable. Listen to an audio extract by clicking on the orange arrow below. Wonder by R J Palacio by Random House Audiobooks
Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 'Crime & Thriller of the Year' 2012. Shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2012. John and Naomi Klaesson are grieving the death of their four- year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but when they find out they are both carriers of a rogue gene, they realize the odds of their next child contracting the same disease are high. Then they hear about geneticist, Doctor Leo Dettore...
June 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. Until this one, Brookmyre's manic crime capers have been dripping with humour, satire, bad taste, wacky incidents and characters and an awful lot of dead bodies. They are unique and totally addictive. Now he has produced a Glaswegian noir, a gritty, conventional crime tale of drug dealers and dodgy policemen with a very likeable, inexperienced P.I. Jasmine and a fast-paced plot involving a missing baby and his parents many years ago. It is unusual for Brookmyre but as a crime novel it is superb. Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2012. Click here to find out about the second book in this series, When the Devil Drives.
Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013. Winner of The Melissa Nathan Award For Comedy Fiction About Life and Love 2013. June 2012 Debut of the Month. The Curious Incident meets A Visit from the Goon Squad meets The Simpsons - this is a wildly imaginative, laugh-out-loud but also very poignant novel that will generate huge word-of-mouth buzz... A "Piece of Passion" from the Arzu Tahsin, Deputy Publishing Director, Weidenfeld and Nicolson Fiction... 'It’s the sort of novel that you can’t wait to finish and then feel bereft when you have. It is also an extremely satisfying novel to give to friends and family while you can guarantee they’ll love it too. I don’t think I’ve read anything as irresistibly funny or deeply poignant for a very long time. Bernadette is a wonderful character and there is something of her in us all which is why I found her so compelling. She puts her family under a lot of pressure, but there is something about Bernadette that keeps them on her side. She is a delightful conundrum, and her daughter Bee adores her unconditionally. So, when Bernadette disappears and her husband appears to have reached the limits of his compassion, it is left to Bee to try and find her. And then the novel plunges into a journey to the wild seas and devastating chills of Antarctica. But redemption is a very distant location and almost a hard to navigate as Antarctica itself. I can promise that it is almost impossible to put this book down.'
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2012. Neil Dawson is a writer who is trying to understand why his father committed suicide and how it can be connected to a book he owned, The Black Flower. This is a dark, compelling, unsettling read - which we think you should (and will) read in a single sitting - otherwise you will give yourself sleepless nights as you try to figure out what is going on in this multi-layered, grisly mystery.
Winner of the Galaxy UK Author of the Year Award 2011. This is Alan Hollinghurst's first novel since The Line of Beauty, winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize. As in The Line of Beauty, his impeccably nuanced exploration of changing taste, class and social etiquette is conveyed in deliciously witty and observant prose. Exposing our secret longings to the shocks and surprises of time, The Stranger's Child is an enthralling novel from one of the finest writers in the English language. At the centre of this often richly comic history of sexual mores and literary reputation runs the story of Daphne, from innocent girlhood to wary old age. Around her Hollinghurst draws an absorbing picture of an England constantly in flux. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011.
Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013. Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2012. With her dazzling, utterly absorbing style of writing Bring Up the Bodies focuses on the downfall and destruction of the charismatic Anne Boleyn. This is the sequel to the 2009 Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall the second in what will be a Tudor trilogy. The final book will be called The Mirror & the Light, and will continue Thomas Cromwell's story until his execution in 1540. Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012. Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2012. Winner of the Specsavers National Book Awards 'UK Author of the Year' 2012. May 2012 MEGA Book of the Month. Sir Peter Stothard, Chair of Man Booker Prize 2012 judging panel, on Bring Up the Bodies... ‘This double accolade is uniquely deserved. Hilary Mantel has rewritten the rules for historical fiction. In Bring up the Bodies, our greatest modern writer retells the origins of modern England.’' Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 2 June 2012.
Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger 2012. CWA Judges' comment: “A complex noir thriller that’s multi-layered and solidly written, with great style and pace. The depiction of post-crash Dublin has a real sense of menace and threat throughout.” Gene Kerrigan commented: "I'm aware of the writers who have previously received the Gold Dagger and I'm honoured to have my name on the same page."
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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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