Today the shortlist for the National Book Awards was announced, with titles nominated in various categories – popular fiction, non fiction, food and drink, crime, children’s, biography and autobiography. My category of interest – fiction – is pretty varied, with everything from Bridget Jones to 007 to the mother of the Tudor dynasty to a dark comedy about a woman in a coma.
When it comes to the author awards, I would probably guess that the international prize would go to Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton, and New Writer of the Year to Nathan Filer. But the best UK author is a hard one to call – six writers that, were I a judge, I would find it very difficult to separate. If forced to choose I might just have to go with Patrick Ness, mainly because I have recently read the first installment of his Chaos Walking trilogy, and found it totally fantastic.
Last years awards were dominated by EL James and the dubious 50 Shades of Grey. This year looks to be infinitely more interesting and much less predictable. The winners will be announced on 11th December.