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 Costa Poetry Award 2008.Costa Book Awards 2008 Judges' comment: "The voices in this film noir poem - confident, seductive and hypnotic - draw the reader into a tragic, complex and dream-like love story."
Shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008. An interesting method of telling a story by going back through each generation, with a six year old from each era narrating the story. It gives the reader insight into why the characters turned out the way they did, and is a fascinating family history. Tender and moving. Unfortunately we are currently unable to offer an extract from this title for download.
Winner of Theakston Crimewriter of the Year 2007 and Spinetinglers Award 2008. Rough, tough language and casual violence that escalates beyond the control of its hardened characters in a tale of revenge and spectacular mounting misunderstandings. It is not for the faint-hearted. Comparison: Irvine Welsh, Niall Griffiths, Simon Kernick.
Shortlisted for the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2008.All the way through this book the overwhelming feeling is the pathos of Rebusâ lonely life and with only ten days to retirement, what will he do, for this is farewell to Rebus. It is also another brilliant, atmospheric tale with Rebus annoying his superiors, going off at a tangent and facing his old nemesis, Big Ger, again. As always there is a twist in the end and, after the final results, finishes with a cliff hanger! Rebus will be sadly missed. The lonely, difficult, drinking, smoking character will leave a large hole, but this is a great farewell.
Shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year 2009. Set in Japan in the late 19th century this is an epic love story and a fascinatingly well researched historical novel to boot. The 1880's in Japan were a time of revolution, old ways of tradition were being swept away and we experience it through the eyes of Sachi, once a lowly peasant girl now elevated to the giddying heights of concubine to the Shogun.
Winner of the Forward Prize for best first collection, 2008 Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2008.Costa Book Awards 2008 Judges' comment: "This first collection is witty, humane, confident, full of everyday details but with a capacity to surprise and delight."
Appeared on “Hay-on-Sky” 25 May. Winner of the Costa Book of the Year and Novel Award 2007.Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comments: ”Day is an example of excellence in its category and a book ultimately to recommend. It is perfectly and beautifully written by an author who is an extraordinary stylist.”"An exceptional feat of research and an astonishing effort of the imagination, A.L. Kennedy's Day is both terrifying and hilarious. Alfred Day's war stays with the reader as it stays with him."
Shortlisted for the Spread the Word : Books to Talk About 2008.Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2007.Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comment: "An exquisitely written ghost story - morally subtle, psychologically involving and exactly crafted."
Winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2008.Childhood sweethearts meet seventeen years later and the spark is now adult. This is emotional, feel-good, warm stuff with the couple each having a past to sort out. Along the way I learned some interesting facts about the precious stone, tanzanite, and quite a bit about sleepwalking – an added bonus to a lovely read.Comparison: Jane Green, Catherine Alliott, Carole Matthews.RNA panel comment: "Petra is the girl we all dreamt of being and Arlo the man we all wanted to meet. Who doesn't wonder 'what if...' to the long lost first love?"
Shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008. May 2007 Book of the Month. After Leo walks out on his wedding to run off with the wife of his Rabbi we follow the unravelling lives of those affected by this event and the cracks that were already forming, in this seemingly perfect family, begin to break wide open. Trust, loyalties, love and friendship are all put to the test in a novel with a cracking pace. The interplay between the characters is absorbing and humorous and thoroughly believable, you won’t be able to put this one down.
February 2008 Debut of the Month. Winner of the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award 2008.There are plenty of good detective stories but when one comes along with the ability to widen your knowledge and make you think as well as entertaining you with a gripping plot and an interesting character, then it stands above the pack. This is one such, introducing school teacher turned detective, one Omar Yussef, in the midst of the Israeli/Palestine conflict. It is very clever and I urge you to read it.Comparison: Peter Temple, Jason Goodwin, Colin Cotterill.
Shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008. Prepare to enter a world hopefully most of us will never know. The story of a 12 year old girl, Baby, who has been brought up in the red light district of Montreal by her heroin addicted father. Matters get worse when he is taken in to hospital and later when he betrays his daughter further. Baby is a strong, intelligent character despite the hurdles she has faced in her young life and this novel is a fascinating and observant piece of writing.
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