Monthly Archives: November 2014

From Wakefield to Covent Garden, ‘Sausage Hall’ has found great friends!

Enjoying ‘Tea at Sausage Hall’ with author Christina James. As always, I was impressed by our Readers Group members, never at a loss for an intelligent question or a lively debate. Watch out for details of our exciting author events next Spring, which will be available soon.

Christina James, crime novelist

Launching 'Sausage Hall' at Wakefield Launching ‘Sausage Hall’ at Wakefield

This is the final post on my launch week activities for Sausage Hall.  I’m covering the last two events: Tea at Sausage Hall, an imaginative tea-party given last Wednesday by Alison Cassels, Lynne Holroyd, Claire Pickering and their colleagues at the Wakefield Library at Wakefield One, which regular readers of this blog will know has provided me with granite-strength support ever since In the Familywas published two years ago,

Tea at Sausage Hall (And yes, there was cake!) Tea at Sausage Hall (And yes, there was cake!)

and an evening of conversation and readings at the Covent Garden branch of Waterstones, rounding off the celebrations with a London launch on Thursday.

Ever resourceful, Alison and her team provided sausage rolls, cake (Yes, there was cake!) and biscuits for the tea party.  (Her e-mail to me when organising the event reads ‘Can you put chocolate cake in the title of your next…

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The award nobody wants

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What does Man Booker prize winner Richard Flanagan have in common with popular novelist Wilbur Smith? What links journalist and TV presenter Kirsty Wark with cult Japanese writer Haruki Murakami? It’s the one award nobody wants, the annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award from the Literary Review. The award aims to draw attention to “poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages of sexual description in modern fiction, and to discourage them”. It’s a strong list this year with another Booker winner Ben Okri and Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Cunningham also in competition. I won’t quote any of the descriptions nomin
ated for the prize but if you’d like to find out more here is a link to a Guardian article with full details and a poll for you to vote.

National Book Awards shortlists announced

National-Book-AwardsPresented in association with high street campaign Books Are My Bag, the National Book Awards 2014 will celebrate writers in 10 categories. Readers will be asked to vote for their favourite from each of the category winners to win the Specsavers National Book of the Year Award which will be decided by a public poll on the official National Book Awards website, with the winner announced on 26th December, with a reception to follow at 11 Downing Street, residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Man Booker-shortlisted Ali Smith, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winner Eimear McBride, and Costa Book of the Year winner Nathan Filer are among the authors vying at the Specsavers National Book Awards this year.with nominees also including Mary Berry, Caitlin Moran, David Walliams and John Cleese. The full list of those shortlisted and the categories is below. See more here 

SHORTLISTS FOR THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2014 

Crime/Thriller Book of the Year:Horowitz

• Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz (Orion)

• The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (Little Brown Book Group)

• I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Transworld)

• The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah (HarperCollins UK)

• Personal by Lee Child (Transworld)

 

Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year:ST Cleese

• The Unexpected Professor by John Carey (Faber & Faber)

• So, Anyway… by John Cleese (Penguin Random House)

• Napoleon The Great by Andrew Roberts (Penguin)

• Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton (Ebury Publishing)

• Please, Mister Postman by Alan Johnson (Transworld)

 

Food & Drink Book of the Year:images

• The Art Of Eating Well by Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley (Ebury Publishing)

• Mary Berry Cooks by Mary Berry (Ebury Publishing)

• Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes by Tom Kerridge (Bloomsbury)

• Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Publishing)

• River Cottage Light & Easy by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Bloomsbury)

 

Children’s Book of the Year:

• Animalium by Jenny Broom & Katie Scott (Bonnier Publishing)images (1)

• Archie Green And The Magician’s Secret by D D Everest (Faber & Faber)

• Awful Auntie by David Walliams (HarperCollins)

• Goth Girl And The Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Riddell (Pan Macmillan)

• Minecraft: The Official Construction Handbook by Matthew Neeler and Phil Southam (Egmont)

 

Audible.co.uk Audiobook of the Year:

• Awful Auntie by David Walliams (HarperCollins)images (2)

• More Fool Me by Stephen Fry (Random House Audio)

• Walking Home by Clare Balding (Penguin Audio)

• The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (Whole Story Audiobooks)

• Man At The Helm by Nina Stibbe (Audible Studios)

 

International Author of the Year:

• The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson (HarperCollins)images (3)

• Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Pan Macmillan)

• A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (Faber & Faber)

• The Long Haul / Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney (Penguin)

• We Are All Completely Beside Ourselved by Karen Joy Fowler (Profile Books)

 

Books Are My Bag New Writer of the Year:

• Elizabeth Missing by Emma Healey (Penguin Books)images (4)

• In The Light Of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman (Pan Macmillan)

• Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe (Penguin Books)

• The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Pan Macmillan)

• Wake by Anna Hope (Transworld)

 

Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year:

• The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer (HarperCollins)images (5)

• Elizabeth Missing by Emma Healey (Penguin Books)

• How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran (Ebury Publishing)

• Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse (Orion)

• Secrets Of The Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore (Simon & Schuster UK Ltd)

 

Non-fiction Book of the Year:

• Curious by Rebecca Front (Orion)images (6)

• How To Speak Money by John Lanchaster (Faber & Faber)

• Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe (Penguin Books)

• Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine (Faber & Faber)

• Waterloo: The History Of Four Days, Three Armies And Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell (Harper Collins)

 

UK Author of the Year:

• How To Be Both by Ali Smith (Penguin General)images (7)

• The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

• Us by David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)

• The Love Song Of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Royce (Transworld)

• The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (Hodder & Stoughton)

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