A Stellar line-up competes for this year’s Specsavers National Book Awards


November 13, 2012

The Nation’s favourite writers go head-to-head today 13/11/12 as the Specsavers National Book Awards shortlist, recognising the most popular books of the year, is announced.

In a year that has seen books dominating headlines thanks to blockbuster titles such as E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey and J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, the awards acknowledge popular authors, established and new in ten categories.

The cream of the literary elite, including Salman Rushdie, Laurent Binet and Zadie Smith, have seen their works shortlisted alongside those of some of the UK’s most famous faces, including Clare Balding, Gok Wan, David Walliams and Mary Berry.

Winners will be presented by TV host Lorraine Kelly at a star-studded awards ceremony at London’s glamorous Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Tuesday 4 December. Highlights from the awards will be shown in Lorraine’s ITV1 show on Wednesday 5 December.

Dame Mary Perkins, Specsavers founder, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be a part of the National Book Awards for the first time this year. I’m a real bookworm and with such an exciting and diverse selection of writers shortlisted, I can’t wait to get stuck into the titles myself.’

This year the Awards will also enjoy a further media partnership with Magic 105.4 FM. Nominated authors will be interviewed on air and magic will also encourage listeners to vote for their favourite books online, as well as reporting news of the awards. These platforms will help consumers choose their Christmas reads, a time of heavy book buying, with over 1.5million individuals receiving an eReader or tablet device last Christmas, this market is set to grow again this December.

Readers will also be asked to vote for their favourite from each of the category winners to win the coveted Specsavers National Book of the Year Award, to be announced on Tuesday 18 December. Previous winners have included One Day by David Nicholls and Caitlin Moran’s How To Be A Woman.

Amanda Ross, from Cactus TV who produce the Awards commented: ‘These Awards are special because they recognise and reward the authors the public are actually reading and buying. Following our successful partnership with Specsavers for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards, we’re delighted to welcome them as the headline sponsors for this glittering event. We had an amazing party at last year’s Awards, and this year promises to be even better.’

Full shortlist for the Specsavers National Book Awards as follows:

Autobiography/Biography of the Year:
• My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding (Viking Adult)
• Patrick Leigh Fermor by Artemis Cooper (John Murray)
• Back Story by David Mitchell (HarperCollins)
• Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie (Jonathan Cape)
• Who I Am by Pete Townshend (HarperCollins)
• Camp David by David Walliams (Michael Joseph)

Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year:
• 1356 by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins)
• The Thread by Victoria Hislop (Headline Review)
• The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson (Quercus Books)
• Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James (Arrow)
• Citadel by Kate Mosse (Orion)
• Me Before You by JoJo Moyes (Michael Joseph)

Crime Book of the Year available on iBookstore:
• A Wanted Man by Lee Child (Bantam Press)
• Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah (Hodder and Stoughton)
• A Question of Identity by Susan Hill (Chatto and Windus)
• The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (Orion Fiction)
• Perfect People by Peter James (Pan)
• Gods and Beasts by Denise Mina (Orion)

WHSmith Food & Drink Book of the Year:
• Mary Berry’s Complete Cookbook by Mary Berry (DK)
• The Great British Bake Off: How to Turn Everyday Bakes into Showstoppers by Linda Collister (BBC Books)
• Hugh’s Three Good Things by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Bloomsbury)
• The Hairy Dieters by Si King & Dave Myers (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
• Lorraine Pascale’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food by Lorraine Pascale (HarperCollins)
• Gok Cooks Chinese by Gok Wan (Michael Joseph)

International Author of the Year in partnership with Google Play™:
• HHhH by Laurent Binet (Harvill Secker)
• The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (Granta)
• Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (Canongate Books)
• The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Headline Review)
• Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (Allen Lane)
• The Dinner by Herman Koch (Atlantic)

Magic 105.4 Popular Non-fiction Book of the Year:
• A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen (Hodder and Stoughton)
• Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre (4th Estate)
• Is It Just Me by Miranda Hart (Hodder and Stoughton)
• Moranthology by Caitlin Moran (EburyPress)
• Brazil by Michael Palin (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
• The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson (Picador)

Waterstones UK Author of the Year:
• Capital by John Lanchester (Faber and Faber)
• Swimming Home by Deborah Levy (And Other Stories/Faber and Faber)
• Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel (4th Estate)
• The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling (Little, Brown)
• NW by Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
• Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson (Vintage)

National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year:
• The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable (Chicken House)
• The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle (Templar Publishing)
• Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Simon and Schuster)
• Itch by Simon Mayo (Doubleday Children’s)
• Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (mostly) by Liz Pichon (Scholastic Children’s Books)
• Ratburger by David Walliams (HarperCollins Children’s)

audible.co.uk Audiobook of the year:
• Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel, read by Simon Vance (Whole Story Audiobooks)
• Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan, read by Juliet Stevenson (Random House Audiobooks)
• Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, read by Dan Stevens (AudioGO)
• Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart, read by Miranda Hart (Hodder and Stoughton)
• The Killing by David Hewson, read by Christian Rodska (Macmillan Digital Audio)
• The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend, read by Caroline Quentin (Whole Story Audiobooks)

New Writer of the Year:
• The Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne (Headline)
• The Somnambulist by Essie Fox (Orion)
• The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Doubleday)
• The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen (Chatto and Windus)
• The Lighthouse by Alison Moore (Salt Publishing)
• Care Of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles (4th Estate)

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