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’.

 

 

Specsavers Crime Thriller award winners 2014

This dark road to mercyRobert Harris and Peter May were among the winners at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2014 announced Friday 24th October at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Harris won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year, for An Officer and a Spy and was also inducted into the Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame. Peter May won the Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year for Entry Island (gets a big thumbs up from Leeds readers) chosen by a group of independent publishing experts from the Awards Academy, from a shortlist of six crime reads featured throughout the Crime Thriller Club Series on ITV3.

Meanwhile Ray Celestin won the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best New Crime Writer of the Year for The Axeman’s Jazz and while Wiley Cash won the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year for This Dark Road to Mercy

Also inducted into the Hall of Fame was novelist Denise Mina, as was ITV television programme “Midsomer Murders”.

 

The Specsavers National Book Awards 2013 winners

image-medium (4)The Specsavers National Book Awards showcases the best of British writing & publishing. It celebrates books with wide popular appeal, critical acclaim and commercial success. Winners of the Specsavers National Book Awards 2013 are:

Neil Gaiman is the author of Britain’s favourite book, his contemporary fantasy The Ocean at the End of the Lane was named Specsavers Book of the Year for 2013. Neil was crowned overall victor by the public in a vote comprising of winners from all ten categories from this year’s Specsavers National Book Awards. Gets 5 stars from 5 Leeds readers as do many of his other books

 

 Autobiography/Biography of the Year: David Jason: My Life by David Jason

Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year: An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris – 4 stars from 18 readers

Crime Book of the Year: The Carrier by Sophie Hannah Not so popular with Leeds readers, just 2 stars from 15 readers

Food & Drink Book of the Year: Eat by Nigel Slater

International Author of the Year: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Magic FM Non-fiction Book of the Year: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb

Waterstones UK Author of the Year: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – 3 stars from 49 users

National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year: Demon Dentist by David Walliams

Books Are My Bag New Writer of the Year: Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

Audible.co.uk Audiobook of the Year: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman