What could be nicer than books and chocolate? The Galaxy Book Awards are rapidly upstaging the Booker prize, which has taken a knock lately after arguments about the need for readability which supposedly clashes with perceptions of literary value (are the two things irreconcilable?).
Alan Hollinghurst won the Author of the Year award - after having been left off the Booker shortlist - for his novel 'The Stranger's Child'. A lot of people will be pleased to see an award going to Sarah Winman's debut novel 'When God was a Rabbit', and an old-fashioned literary biography won the non-fiction prize ahead of the much hyped celebrity bios.
Apparently there's been a reader's revolt against the trend towards (often publisher generated) celebrity memoirs/biogs and Claire Tomalin's 'Dickens' is doing much better than anyone (even Claire herself) predicted. Hurray!!!!
Nothing for poets this time though.
Interesting post by Elizabeth Baines over at Fiction Bitch, about the experience of re-reading books you loved as a child. It's called 'What do we read, when we read?'
Galaxy Award Results:-
Waterstone's UK Author of the Year: The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst (Picador)
Specsavers popular fiction book of the year: A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French (Penguin)
More4 popular non-fiction book of the year: How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (Ebury Press)
Crime and thriller of the year (available on iBookstore): Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson (Doubleday)
Daily Telegraph biography of the year: Charles Dickens by Claire Tomalin (Viking)
International author of the year: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Corsair)
Food and drink book of the year: The Good Cook by Simon Hopkinson (BBC Books)
WHSmith paperback of the year: Room by Emma Donoghue (Picador)
National Book Tokens children's book of the year: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
Audible.co.uk audiobook of the year: My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young, read by Dan Stevens (HarperAudio)
Galaxy new writer of the year: When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman (Headline Review)