Man Booker Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the 2012 Man Booker Prize has been announced this morning. The six nominated novels are:

Orange Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for this year’s Orange Prize for fiction has been announced. The nominees for the 17th annual award for excellence in women’s fiction are….

The Night Circus

The longlist for this year’s Orange Prize for Fiction was announced a few days ago. The twenty books include a number of novels from first time authors as well as more experienced writers…

Galaxy National Book Awards Announced

A star-studded ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental in London last night saw the winners of the Galaxy National Book Awards crowned. Celebrating the best in British books and writing, the list of winners contains something for every reader and has some great ideas for Christmas presents. The winners are….

Julian Barnes Wins Booker Prize

Dame Stella Rimmington, former head of MI6 and chair of the 2011 Man Booker judging panel, announced tonight that Julian Barnes had won the prestigious award for his novel The Sense of an Ending. This was Barnes’ fourth nomination and he was clearly relieved to have won at last. In her speech Rimmington took aim at the critics who had accused this year’s shortlist of being too dumbed down. And rightly so…

Kaplinsky joins Orange judges

Highly paid newsreader and the first winner of Strictly Come Dancing, Natasha Kaplinsky, has joined the judging panel for the 2012 Orange Prize for fiction. Kaplinsky will work with fellow judges Lisa Appignanesi, Victoria Derbyshire, Natalie Haynes and Joanna Trollope to choose the best book written by a woman. According to Trollope, who will be chairing the judging panel the “different professions” of the five judges will bring different perspectives to the prize. These different professions are journalist, broadcaster and author…

CWA Daggers Shortlists Announced

The Crime Writers’ Association has announced the shortlists for their prestigious Dagger awards. Nominees for the top prize – the Gold Dagger Award for the Best Crime Novel of the Year – are:

Man Booker longlist announced

The longlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize has been announced. Early bookies’ favourite is former winner Alan Hollinghurst with The Stranger’s Child but I’m really pleased to see four first-time novelists included on the list and they certainly can’t be ruled out at this stage. I tend to dislike Booker winners finding them self-indulgent and rather dull, but each year I read the list and pick up the winner. I hope this year’s will be one that I love, maybe 2011 is my year?