E.L. James on National Book Awards shortlists

Erotica star E. L James will go head-to-head with authors such as Victoria Hislop, Bernard Cornwell and Kate Mosse for the Popular Fiction title of the year in the Specsavers National Book Awards.

It is the first time the new sponsor has taken over from Galaxy to host the awards, which will take place on Tuesday 4th December, presented by Lorraine Kelly at the Mandarin Hotel in London and aired on ITV on 5th December.

Fifty Shades of Grey (Arrow) author E. L James is up for the Popular Fiction Book of the Year sponsored by Specsavers, along with Victoria Hislop for The Thread (Headline), Bernard Cornwell for 1356 (HarperCollins), Dorothy Koomson's The Rose Petal (Quercus), Kate Mosse for The Citadel (Orion) and Me Before You by JoJo Moyes (Michael Joseph).

Clare Baldwin will go up against Artemis Cooper’s Patrick Leigh Fermor (John Murray) with her My Animals and Other Family (Viking) to win the Autobiography/ Biography of the Year award and Sophie Hannah’s Kind of Cruel (Hodder & Stoughton) competes against Lee Child’s A Man Wanted (Bantam Press) for Crime Book of the Year available on iBookstore.

Dame Mary Perkins, Specsavers founder, said: “We’re thrilled to be a part of the National Book Awards for the first time this year. I’m a real bookworm and with such an exciting and diverse selection of writers shortlisted, I can’t wait to get stuck into the titles myself.”

This year the awards also has a media partnership with Magic 105.4 FM. Nominated authors will be interviewed on air and Magic will also encourage listeners to vote for their favourite books online, as well as reporting news of the awards.

Amanda Ross from Cactus TV who produces the awards, said: ‘Following our successful partnership with Specsavers for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards, we’re delighted to welcome them as the headline sponsors for this glittering event. We had an amazing party at last year’s Awards, and this year promises to be even better.”

The full shortlists:

Autobiography/Biography of the Year:
My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding (Viking Adult)
Patrick Leigh Fermor by Artemis Cooper (John Murray)
Back Story by David Mitchell (HarperCollins)
Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie (Jonathan Cape)
Who I Am by Pete Townshend (HarperCollins)
Camp David by David Walliams (Michael Joseph)
 

Popular Fiction Book of the Year sponsored by Specsavers:
1356 by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins)
The Thread by Victoria Hislop (Headline Review)
The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson (Quercus Books)
Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James (Arrow)
Citadel by Kate Mosse (Orion)
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes (Michael Joseph)
 

Crime Book of the Year available on iBookstore:
A Wanted Man by Lee Child (Bantam Press)
Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah (Hodder and Stoughton)
A Question of Identity by Susan Hill (Chatto and Windus)
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (Orion Fiction)
Perfect People by Peter James (Pan)
Gods and Beasts by Denise Mina (Orion)
 

Food & Drink Book of the Year sponsored by WHSmith:
Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook by Mary Berry (DK)
The Great British Bake Off: How to Turn Everyday Bakes into Showstoppers by Linda Collister (BBC Books)
Hugh's Three Good Things by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Bloomsbury)
The Hairy Dieters by Si King & Dave Myers (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
Lorraine Pascale’s Fast, Fresh and Easy Food by Lorraine Pascale (HarperCollins)
Gok Cooks Chinese by Gok Wan (Michael Joseph)
 

International Author of the Year sponsored by Google Play™:
HHhH by Laurent Binet (Harvill Secker)
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (Granta)
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (Canongate Books)
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Headline Review)
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (Allen Lane)
The Dinner by Herman Koch (Atlantic)
 

Non-fiction Book of the Year sponsored by Magic 105.4 FM:
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen (Hodder and Stoughton)
Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre (4th Estate)
Is It Just Me by Miranda Hart (Hodder and Stoughton)
Moranthology by Caitlin Moran (EburyPress)
Brazil by Michael Palin (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson (Picador)
 

UK Author of the Year sponsored by Waterstones:
Capital by John Lanchester (Faber and Faber)
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy (Faber and Faber)
Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel (4th Estate)
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling (Little, Brown)
NW by Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson (Vintage)
 

Children's Book of the Year sponsored by National Book Tokens:
The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable (Chicken House)
The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle (Templar Publishing)
Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort (Simon and Schuster)
Itch by Simon Mayo (Doubleday Children's)
Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (mostly) by Liz Pichon (Scholastic Children's Books)
Ratburger by David Walliams (HarperCollins Children's)
 

Audiobook of the year sponsored by Audible.co.uk:
Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel, read by Simon Slater (Whole Story Audiobooks)
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan, read by Juliet Stevenson (Random House Audiobooks)
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, read by Dan Stevens (AudioGO)
Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart, read by Miranda Hart (Hodder and Stoughton)
The Killing by David Hewson, read by Christian Rodska (Macmillan Digital Audio)
The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend, read by Caroline Quentin (Whole Story Audiobooks)
 

New Writer of the Year:
The Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne (Headline)
The Somnambulist by Essie Fox (Orion)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Doubleday)
The Land of Decoration by Grace McLeen (Chatto and Windus)
The Lighthouse by Alison Moore (Salt Publishing)
Care Of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles (4th Estate)