December 21st, 2011
The winner of the Galaxy Book of the Year Award 2011 is The Times columnist Caitlin Moran for her irreverent take on modern feminism, How To Be A Woman. She was the overall winner of the public vote which comprised winners of all eleven categories from the National Book Awards.
The awards ceremony, produced and staged by Cactus TV, Executive Produced by Amanda Ross, took place on Friday 4th November and was followed by a 6-part TV series broadcast on Sundays ON MORE4 from 13th November – 18th December. Cactus TV are the foremost producers of Book programming in Britain; producing over 30 Book related shows a year plus their big Book Awards Ceremonies.
How To Be A Woman dominated the charts since its release in the summer and has been described by Lauren Laverne as “an indispensable guide to Ladyhood.” The book scooped the More4 Popular Non Fiction Book Of The Year and so was then entered into the running for Galaxy Book of the Year up against some of the most popular books of 2011.
The other contenders for the Galaxy Book of the Year were: The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst (Waterstone’s UK Author of the Year), A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French (Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year), Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson (Crime & Thriller of the Year), Charles Dickens by Claire Tomalin (Daily Telegraph Biography of the Year), A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (International Author of the Year), The Good Cook by Simon Hopkinson (Food & Drink Book of the Year), Room by Emma Donoghue (WHSmith Paperback of the Year), A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year), My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young, read by Dan Stevens (Audible.Co.UK Audiobook of the Year), When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman (Galaxy New Writer of the Year).
Upon winning the Galaxy Book of the Year award, Caitlin Moran said: “Obviously Rear Of The Year is the one I’ve always been gunning for, but since I found out it’s judged on “form” rather than “sheer volume”, then Book of the Year is not only a total honour and thrill, but also enables me to chow down on a hogroast over Christmas without worrying about fitting into my jeggings.”
Last year’s winner of the overall accolade, One Day, by David Nicholls recorded over 300% sales growth during December 2010, going on to become the biggest selling paperback of 2011 along with a Hollywood film release.