Galaxy National Book Awards

Galaxy National Book Awards 2011

The shortlist for the Galaxy National Book Awards was announced on 17 October.

The winners in each category will be announced on 4 November.

The annual awards celebrate the best of British fiction and non-fiction across eleven categories, including those for debut and children's authors. The awards have evolved from the Galaxy British Book Awards and aim to recognise the country's most popular, accessible writers.

Following the awards ceremony, there will be a six-part TV series, 'BOOKED - Winners of the Galaxy National Book Awards' on More4. 'BOOKED' will run from Sunday 13 November until 18 December. Viewers will be given a chance to experience the awards ceremony, hosted by Dara O Briain, in bite size chunks with a focus on different category winners each week. The show will also feature in-depth interviews with some of the season's biggest celebrity authors, including Katie Price and Rob Brydon.

Promotional material is available from the Reading Agency shop until Friday 21 October.

The full press release can be viewed here.

Galaxy National Book Awards 2010

In 2010 we ran a promotion around the Galaxy National Book Awards. The awards return later this year and we will, once again, be encouraging libraries to promote the awards, by making displays, stocking the titles, and getting reading groups involved.

Award categories for the Galaxy National Book Awards 2010

In 2010 the awards covered 9 categories. Below is the list of categories along with the shortlisted and winning titles (in bold).

SAINSBURY'S POPULAR FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
One Day by David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)
Dead Like You by Peter James (Macmillan)
The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson (Sphere)
Jump! by Jilly Cooper (Bantam Press)
The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory (Simon & Schuster)
Worth Dying For by Lee Child (Bantam Press)

NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
The Making of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr (Pan Macmillan)
Alex's Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos (Bloomsbury)
At Home by Bill Bryson (Doubleday)
D-Day by Antony Beevor (Viking)
Must You Go? by Antonia Fraser (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Operation Mincemeat by Ben MacIntyre (Bloomsbury)

NATIONAL BOOK TOKENS NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR
Edmund de Waal by The Hare with Amber Eyes (Chatto & Windus)
The Butterfly Isles by Patrick Barkham (Granta Books)
The Legacy by Katherine Webb (Orion)
Mr Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt (Fig Tree)
Mr Rosenblum's List by Natasha Solomons (Sceptre)
Rupture by Simon Lelic (Picador)

WH SMITH CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR
Zog by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler (Alison Green Books)
The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies, illus Hannah Shaw (Simon and Schuster)
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
Mr Stink by David Walliams (HarperCollins Children's Books)
Shadow by Michael Morpurgo (HarperCollins Children's Books)
TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow (Puffin)

TESCO FOOD & DRINK BOOK OF THE YEAR
Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Press)
The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit (Bloomsbury)
Jamie's 30-Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph)
Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home by Nigella Lawson (Chatto & Windus)
Kitchenella by Rose Prince (Fourth Estate)
Tender II by Nigel Slater (Fourth Estate)

TESCO BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR
The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry (Michael Joseph)
Coco Chanel, The Legend And The Life by Justine Picardie (Harper NonFiction)
Decline and Fall: Diaries 2005-2010 by Chris Mullin (Profile Books)
A Journey by Tony Blair (Hutchinson)
Wait For Me by Duchess of Devonshire (John Murray)
What You See Is What You Get by Alan Sugar (Macmillan)

INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
Jonathan Franzen: Freedom (Fourth Estate)
Colm Tóibín: Brooklyn (Penguin)
Stieg Larsson: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Quercus/MacLehose Press)
Kathryn Stockett: The Help (Fig Tree)
Emma Donoghue: Room (Picador)
Christos Tsiolkas: The Slap (Tuskar Rock Press)

WATERSTONE'S UK AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate)
Tom McCarthy: C (Jonathan Cape)
Maggie O'Farrell: The Hand That First Held Mine (Headline Review)
Kate Atkinson: Started Early, Took My Dog (Doubleday)
David Mitchell: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (Sceptre)
Rose Tremain: Trespass (Chatto & Windus)

Lifetime achievement awards went to Terry Pratchett and Martin Amis.

POS material was available from The Reading Agency shop but the deadline has now passed.

Galaxy British Book Awards

In 2009, the Galaxy British Book Awards were promoted through extensive TV advertising as well as dedicated TV programming on Watch.

The Galaxy British Book Awards 2009 categories and their winners were:

  • Galaxy Book of the Year
    The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale (Bloomsbury)
  • Richard and Judy Best Read Award
    When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson (Black Swan)
  • Borders' Author of the Year Award
    Aravind Adiga for The White Tiger
    (Atlantic Books)
  • Tesco Biography of the Year
    Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama (Canongate)
  • Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Quercus)
  • Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award
    Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks (Penguin)
  • Play.com Popular Non-Fiction Award
    The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale (Bloomsbury)
  • Waterstone's New Writer of the Year
    Tom Rob Smith for Child 44 (Simon & Schuster)
  • WHSmith Children's Book of the Year
    Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Atom)

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