VAGINA: A Re-education by journalist Lynn Enright has been shortlisted for the Women’s Health Prize at the Hearst Big Book Awards 2019! In its second year, the awards celebrate the finest new or emerging fiction and non-fiction UK titles in publishing. VAGINA, nominated for the Women’s Health Prize, is an honest and accessible exploration of sexuality, sex education, and women’s bodies published by Allen & Unwin UK. The full announcement can be read here and the winners will be announced later this summer.
RED CARD: FIFA and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men In Sport by Ken Bensinger has been shortlisted for Football Book of the Year at the 2019 Sports Book Awards! RED CARD charts FIFA’s fall from grace in this pacy work of investigative journalism published by Profile. The full awards shortlists can be read here and the winners will be announced in a ceremony at the end of June.
Michelle de Kretser’s THE LIFE TO COME has been awarded the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2019 at the New South Wales Premier Literary Awards! THE LIFE TO COME is a story about stories, focusing on the lives of Pippa, Celeste, and Ash and described by the judges as “a fiercely intelligent character study that leaves the reader with a lot to think about long after they’ve finished reading”. The full announcement can be read here.
Cressida Connolly’s novel AFTER THE PARTY has been shortlisted for the 2019 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction – congratulations Cressida! The judges have praised AFTER THE PARTY as “utterly engrossing”. The winner will be announced on 15th June and the full Bookseller article can be read here.
Sarah Haywood’s debut, THE CACTUS, has been shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award 2019. The awards are the longest-running UK prize for debut fiction. Commenting on THE CACTUS, the judges described it as “a dazzling story of redemption, of letting go, of confronting the past and deciding to grow beyond it. It’s a page turner, witty with terrific narrative pace.” The full shortlist can be viewed here and the winner will be announced 22nd May.
Heidi Sopinka’s THE DICTIONARY OF ANIMAL LANGUAGES has been longlisted for the 2019 Royal Society of Literature (RSL) Ondaatje Prize. Running for 15 years, the prize celebrates a book of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry best judged to encapsulate “the spirit of a place”. Heidi’s novel, inspired by the story of surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, tells the experience of an elderly woman educated in a convent, before going to live amongst artists in interwar Paris. The shortlist will be revealed on 16th April, with the winner announced on 13th May. The full Bookseller announcement can be read here.
Yotam Ottolenghi’s new cookbook SIMPLE has been shortlisted for the Non-Fiction: Lifestyle category for The British Book Awards 2019 – congratulations Yotam! The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Lauren Laverne on 13th May. The full announcement and list of shortlisted titles can be read on The Bookseller.
Sarah Lutyens has sold UK and Commonwealth rights for Behrouz Boochani’s NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS to Kishani Widyaratna at Picador, on behalf of the Jane Novak Literary Agency in Sydney. Picador will publish as a paperback original on 18th April, following with an audio edition. NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS is an astonishing first person account of life as a refugee detained on Manus Island, first in the detention centre via WhatsApp messages then transcribed from Farsi to English by Dr Omid Tofighian. The book has already won Australia’s most prestigious award, the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Literature. The full announcement can be read in The Bookseller here.
AFTER THE PARTY, by Cressida Connolly, has been longlisted for the 2019 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. The prize, now in its tenth year, celebrates fiction in which the majority of the storyline takes place at least sixty years ago. Connolly’s novel delves into Oswald Mosley’s 1930s fascist Britain, to tell a story of political turmoil and one woman’s long-held guilt. The winner will be announced at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland in June. The full Bookseller announcement can be read here.
Felicity Rubinstein has sold World all-language rights (excluding North America) for three new Ottolenghi cookbooks to Lizzy Gray at Ebury Press. Kim Witherspoon at InkWell Management has sold US and Canadian rights to Aaron Wehner at Ten Speed Press. The first title, FALASTIN: The Cookbook, by Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi, and Tara Wigley will be published in 2020, with the second title following in the same year, and the third set to publish in 2021. Please read the full Bookseller article here.