It’s book award season

Lots of activity on the book awards front over the next few weeks. First up is The Orwell Prize for political writing. The star of our most recent Edinburgh Reads event Richard Holloway is in the running with his memoir Leaving Alexandria. Among the other shortlisted books is Raja Shehadeh’s Occupation Diaries.

It seems that if you’ve written a book on sport over the past year you’d be doing well not to be among the runners and riders for The British Sports Book Awards, given the bewildering number of categories and shortlists. Among the more predictable nominees (Clare Balding, Bradley Wiggins) is ex-Chumbawamba band member and keen fell-runner Boff Whalley.

Members of McDonald Road Library’s “Found in Translation” Book Group have been reading through the nominees for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, awarded annually to the best work of foreign fiction in translation. The group meets regularly to discuss contemporary translated fiction and is one of a number of specialist book groups we support.

Finally, going up against the all-conquering Hilary Mantel is a formidable task, but Kate Atkinson’s army of fans will be rooting for ‘Life after life’ to triumph in the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize). Kate came to Central Library to talk about the book back in March and it’s been heavily in demand ever since (over 100 reservations at the time of writing!)

Those shortlists in full:

Orwell Prize

The British Sports Book Awards

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

Women’s Prize for Fiction


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