Read the Specsavers National Book Awards winners

Love, Nina: despatches from family life

The miniaturistCatch up on the rest of the Specsavers National Book Award winners. Most are rated 5* by Leeds Readers

Nina Stibbe’s ‘Love, Nina’ was named Non-fiction Book of the Year. The author said she was “stunned” at the reception the book, made up of letters she wrote to her sister during her time as a nanny in the 1980s. Nick Hornby is adapting ‘Love, Nina’ for the screen, and she is currently working on a sequel to ‘Man at the Helm’ her début novel released earlier this year.

Jessie Burton was awarded the ‘Books Are My Bag’ New Writer of the Year Award for ‘The Miniaturist’. She is working on a second novel, set during the Spanish Civil War and the London art scene in the 1960s.

The shock of the fallPlenty moreNathan Filer was another debut novelist among the winners at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014 for The Shock of the Fall’ which won the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year. It crowned a year which started with the book winning the Costa Book of the Year award.

David Walliams’ Awful Auntie’ was named Children’s Book of the Year, the third consecutive year a Walliams novel won the award, and the book was also the winner of the Audible Audiobook of the Year award.

Crime Book of the Year was awarded to Terry Hayes’ I Am Pilgrim.

Yotam Ottolenghi won the Food and Drink of the Year award for ‘Plenty More’.

Alan Johnson’s memoir Please, Mister Postman’ (the sequel to ‘This Boy’), was named the winner of the Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year.

International Author of the Year was Karen Joy Fowler for the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’.

 

 

Life and loves of a He Devil and other biographies

The life and loves of a he devilThese three tempting biographies are on order so reserve them now!

The Life and Loves of a He Devil  by Graham Norton.

He’s been entertaining audiences (remember his priest in Father Ted) and having fun with some of the world’s biggest stars for nearly 20 years. He is loved across the nation for his delight in the peculiar and for his ability to find humour and a common ground in all that life brings.

A funny and honest memoir on the theme of love, telling his story from his Irish childhood to the present day, describing just what and who he loved – and sometimes lost – as a young boy, and his new loves and obsessions – big and small – as he’s grown older

Vivienne WestwoodVivienne Westwood by Ian Kelly

One of the icons of our age; fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Both her name and brand are recognised the world over, whilst at home in the UK she has attained National Treasure status as the nation’s favourite fearless female icon.

 ‘The living deserve respect. The dead deserve the truth; Ian and I are working together on this and I am excited that this will be my story, the story nobody ever did before.’ She is both writing and collaborating on a unique personal memoir and authorised biography: part her own voice, part contributions from her vast network of friends, family &associates. This boy

Please, Mr Postman by Alan Johnson  Born in condemned housing in West London in 1950, with no heating, no electricity and no running water, Alan Johnson did not have the easiest start in life. By the age of 18, he was married, a father and working as a postman in Slough.

This sequel to the bestselling memoir This Boy describes the next period in Alan’s life with every bit as much honesty, humour and emotional impact as his bestselling debut. A vivid picture of a bygone era – Britain in the 1970s was a very different country to the one we know today – and reveals another fascinating chapter in the life of one of our best loved public figures