News: British Book Awards 2017

British Book AwardsWinners of British Book Awards to be announced on Monday 8th May 2017.

The British Book Awards brings together authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians and literary agents for a night to celebrate the book industry.

Hosted by Lauren Laverne, the ceremony takes place on Monday 8th May at Grosvenor House in London where the winners of the six categories will be revealed.

The categories include children’s, debut fiction and non fiction (which has been further split into Narrative and Lifestyle,) and this year, the awards have further expanded to include Crime and Thriller. There will also be a prize awarded for ‘Overall Book of the Year.’

All the shortlists have six books each.

In the fiction category, nominees include Sebastian Barry, Victoria Hislop, Sarah Perry, Jessie Burton, Maggie O’ Farrell and Paul Beatty.

Debut book of the year includes novels from Joanna Cannon, Emma Cline, Kit de Waal, Garth Greenwell, Barney Norris and Francis Spufford.

Crime and Thriller includes authors, Fiona Barton, Bill Beverley, Lee Child, Sabine Durrant, Robert Harris and Claire Mackintosh.

Finally, the Children’s category features Tom Fletcher, Kes and Claire Gray and Jim Field, Nadiya Hussain, Kiran Millwood Hargreave, J.K Rowling and David Walliams.

The winners will be decided by six panels with an additional panel deciding the Overall Book of the Year (judges include Sam Baker and Dorothy Koomson.)


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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