Congratulations to Yelena Moskovich for her novel VIRTUOSO being long-listed for the 2020 Dylan Thomas Prize at Swansea University. Worth £30,000, it is one of the UK’s most prestigious literary prizes as well as the world’s largest literary prize for young writers. Awarded for the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under, the Prize celebrates the international world of fiction in all its forms including poetry, novel, short stories and dramas. The shortlist will be announced on 7 April, followed by a British Library Event, London on 13 May and Winner’s Ceremony held in Swansea on International Dylan Thomas Day, 14 May. The full long-list can be viewed here.
Congratulations to Chanel Miller for her debut book, KNOW MY NAME, being nominated for a 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award in the category of Autobiography. The National Book Critics Circle honours outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature. The winners will be announced at a celebration in March, held in New York. The full list of nominees can be viewed over on the National Book Critics Circle online: https://www.bookcritics.org/2020/01/11/announcing-the-finalists-for-the-2019-nbcc-awards/
Twenty years after the publication of his first title in the Tom Thorne detective series, SLEEPYHEAD, crime fiction writer Mark Billingham’s latest Thorne novel THEIR LITTLE SECRET has immediately become a Sunday Times bestseller in fiction paperbacks. THEIR LITTLE SECRET has also hit number 5 in The Bookseller Top 50 and number 1 in The Bookseller’s Mass-Market Fiction. Well done, Mark! The twentieth novel in the series, CRY BABY, will be out in June of this year.
We ring in both a new year and a new decade with the start of 2020, but not before first remembering the books we loved in the year that was, in which many of our writers were featured in Books of the Year/Decade lists. COOK HOUSE by Anna Hedworth was named in Bee Wilson’s Best Cookbooks for The Times. NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS by Behrouz Boochani was listed in New Stateman, Books of Year. KNOW MY NAME by Chanel Miller was featured in Washington Post, Best Books; Lucy Feldman’s 10 Best Non-fiction Books for Time; and Time, Must Read Books: True Crime and Journalism. MIDNIGHT CHICKEN by Ella Risbridger was listed in Washington Post, 50 Notable Works of Non-Fiction; iNews, Best Cookbooks for Christmas; Bee Wilson’s Best Cookbooks for The Times; The Daily Mail, Best Cookbooks of the Year; The Guardian, The 20 Best Food Books; and Vox’s Best Books. THE BOOK OF ST. JOHN by Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver was included in Bee Wilson’s Best Cookbooks for The Times; The Guardian, 20 Best Food Books; Katy McGuinness’s Best Cookbooks for The Times; The Evening Standard, The Best Cookbooks; and The Gourmet Traveller, The Best Cookbooks. Florian Huber’s PROMISE ME YOU’LL SHOOT YOURSELF was named in The Telegraph, 50 Best Books and Gerard DeGroot’s Best History Books of the Year for The Times. FABULOUS by Lucy Hughes-Halett was listed on New Statesman, Book of the Year and The Daily Mail, Best Books, and THE PIKE was on Andrew Holgate’s Books of the Decade for The Sunday Times. EAST by Meera Sodha was featured on iNews, Best Cookbooks for Christmas; Bee Wilson’s Best Cookbooks for The Times; Constance Craig Smith’s Best Cookbooks of the Year for The Daily Mail; and The Guardian, The 20 Best Food Books. THE QUALITY CHOP HOUSE cookbook received mentions in The Guardian, The 20 Best Food Books; Julia Platt Leonard’s Favourite Cookbooks for The Independent; and Katy McGuinness’s Best Cookbooks for The Times. A GAME OF BIRDS AND WOLVES by Simon Parkin was named on The Daily Mail’s Best Books. THE GIFTED, THE TALENTED AND ME by William Sutcliffe was acknowledged by Alex O’Connell’s Best Children’s Books of the Year in The Times; Clare Hennessey in The Irish Times Best of 2019; Suzi Feay in The Financial Times Best Books of 2019: Young Adult; Nicolette Jones in The Sunday Times; Children’s Books of the Year; and The Guardian, The Best Children’s Books of 2019. Many congratulations to all of our authors who published a book in 2019 and a Happy New Year to all!
Massive congratulations to William Sutcliffe whose hilarious YA novel, The Gifted, The Talented And Me, has been mentioned in four ‘Books of the Year’ lists by major newspapers. The Guardian, The Times, and The Financial Times featured the novel in their top Young Adult picks for 2019, with The Sunday Times naming The Gifted, The Talented And Me as their overall winner for Children’s Book of the Year! Available now with Bloomsbury.
Four brilliant cookbooks on the L&R list have been named the best food books of 2019 by The Guardian! Huge congratulations to Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver; Will Lander, Dan Morgenthau, and Shaun Searley; Meera Sodha; and Ella Risbridger who make up one fifth of the cookbook round-up. The full article can be read here.
The Book of St John by Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver celebrates 25 years of the iconic St John restaurant group and is published with Ebury. The Quality Chop House team’s eponymous cookbook features some of the restaurants best loved recipes, published with Quadrille. Meera Sodha’s East is full of vegetarian and vegan Asian recipes and is published with Fig Tree. Midnight Chicken: And Other Recipes Worth Living For by Ella Risbridger is part cookbook, part memoir, published with Bloomsbury, celebrating the redemptive power of cooking.
A huge congratulations to Carrie Tiffany and Karen Foxlee who won last night at the Queensland Literary Awards 2019! Carrie Tiffany won the University of Queensland Fiction Book Award for her novel EXPLODED VIEW, which the judges described as “exquisite yet devastating, with spare and beautiful prose”, and Karen Foxlee’s LENNY’S BOOK OF EVERYTHING was awarded the Griffith University Young Adult Book Award. The full winners announcement can be read here.
Four Lutyens & Rubinstein authors have been longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2020. Claire Fuller’s BITTER ORANGE, Robbie Arnott’s FLAMES, Amy Sackville’s A PAINTER TO THE KING, and THE PLOTTERS by Un-su Kim. The awards are the most valuable annual prize for a work of fiction in English and the novels are nominated by libraries from all over the world. The shortlist will be announced in April 2020, with the winner revealed later that year. The full longlist can be viewed here.
A huge congratulations to four L&R authors who have made the longlist at the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award! The nominees are: Rory Power’s debut WILDER GIRLS for Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction; Olivia Gatwood’s LIFE OF THE PARTY collection for Poetry; MIDNIGHT CHICKEN, the cookbook memoir from Ella Risbridger for Food and Cookbooks, and Chanel Miller’s debut KNOW MY NAME for Memoir and Autobiography.
In its eleventh year, the Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards decided by readers. You can cast your vote over on the Goodreads award page, which can be found here.
Two L&R authors have been shortlisted at the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards! Carrie Tiffany is nominated for the fiction book prize for her compelling novel EXPLODED VIEW, and Karen Foxlee’s moving novel, LENNY’S BOOK OF EVERYTHING, for the Young Adult award. The full shortlist can be viewed here, and the winners will be announced on 12th November.