Here’s a round-up of some literary award winners, shortlists and other bits and pieces…
The category winners were announced this week:
- Novel: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday)
- First Novel: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer (HarperCollins)
- Biography: The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Fourth Estate)
- Poetry: Drysalter by Michael Symmons Roberts (Jonathan Cape)
- Children’s Book: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell (Macmillan)
The overall winner will be announced on Tuesday 28 January. There’s also a Short Story Award, which is voted for by the public. You can read (or listen) to the shortlisted stories and vote here.
A prize for the communication of ideas, organised by Salon London. (The descriptions of the nominees here are taken from the prize’s website.)
- Olivia Laing for her exploration of what drives writers to drink, in her psycho-geographic journey across the USA.
- Professor David Nutt for giving us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the absolute truth about drugs.
- John McHugo who, based on decades of experience, has created an understandable, and concise history of the Arab world.
- Biologist Aarathi Prasad showed us how biology is redefining the rules of sex, and predicted the end of men.
- Lloyd Bradley for piecing together 100 years of black music in the capital and giving us his sounds of London.
- Perfumer and writer Sarah McCartney showed us how we can move both in time and our own experience through smell.
- Barbara Sahakian who explored the ethical and moral questions surrounding neuro-cognitive enhancers, aka smart drugs.
- Epigeneticist Tim Spector who showed us how we can change our genes, both those we inherit and those we pass on.
The winner will be announced on Thursday 6 February.
BSFA members can nominate works for this years awards until next Tuesday, 14 January.
Not strictly an award, but does a valuable job all the same of recognising writers who may otherwise be overlooked. It was announced today that Fiction Uncovered has received funding for another two years, with 2014’s list of titles to be announced in June. I look forward to seeing what’s on there!