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Hollinghurst makes Galaxy Book Awards shortlist

Alan Hollinghurst, whose novel The Stranger's Child was a surprise omission from the Man Booker shortlist this year, has been shortlisted for an award at the Galaxy National Book Awards 2011, with works by Ian Rankin and Keith Richards also in the running within the 11 categories.

Hollinghurst is up against Man Booker-shortlisted Julian Barnes and Carol Birch, as well as poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Anthony Horowitz, and Andrea Levy in the Waterstone's UK Author of the Year category.

The New Writer of the Year could be won by Stephen Kelman with Pigeon English (Bloomsbury) or Snowdrops by A D Miller (Atlantic Books), both on the Man Booker shortlist this year, with Sarah Winman's When God was a Rabbit (Headline Review), Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz), Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson (Sceptre) and S J Watson's Before I Go to Sleep (Doubleday) also in the running.

The Thriller and Crime Novel of the Year in association with iBookstore category also sees newcomer S J Watson pitted against such heavyweights as Robert Harris, C J Sansom, Martina Cole, Ian Rankin and Val McDermid, while this year's Orange Prize winner Tea Obreht and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan get nods in the international author of the year category. The Biography/Autobiography prize shortlist features Rolling Stone Keith Richards for his memoir Life (Phoenix) as well as Claire Tomalin's Charles Dickens (Viking) and Jackie Kay's Red Dust Road (Picador) among others.

The winners will be revealed on 4th November at a ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in west London, which will be hosted by comedian Dara O'Briain. The event will be staged and filmed by Cactus TV, with a series of six programmes about the awards to be screened between 13th November and 17th December on More4.

Cactus TV m.d. Amanda Ross said: "It will be far more interesting for the viewers to experience the event in bite-size chunks spread across six shows, as we will be able to properly focus on the category winners."

The shortlists in full:

Waterstone's UK Author of the Year 
A Sense Of An Ending Julian Barnes (Jonathan Cape)
Jamrach's Menagerie Carol Birch (Canongate Books)
The Bees Carol Ann Duffy (Picador)
The House of Silk Anthony Horowitz (Orion)
The Long Song Andrea Levy (Headline Review)
The Stranger’s Child Alan Hollinghurst (Picador)

Popular Fiction Book of the Year  
A Tiny Bit Marvellous Dawn French (Michael Joseph)
Daughters-in-Law Joanna Trollope (Doubleday)
Gillespie and I Jane Harris (Faber and Faber)
My Last Duchess Daisy Goodwin (Headline Review)
Snuff Terry Pratchett (Doubleday)
The Radleys Matt Haig (Canongate Books)
  
WHSmith Paperback of the Year  
Room Emma Donoghue (Picador)
The Brightest Star in the Sky Marian Keyes (Penguin)
The Postmistress Sarah Blake (Penguin)
The Red Queen Philippa Gregory (Simon & Schuster)
When God was a Rabbit Sarah Winman (Headline Review)
You’re Next Gregg Hurwitz (Sphere)
  
Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year in association with iBookstore  
Before I Go To Sleep S.J. Watson (Doubleday)
The Fear Index  Robert Harris (Hutchinson)
Heartstone C J Sansom  (Pan)
The Family Martina Cole (Headline)
The Impossible Dead Ian Rankin (Orion)
Trick Of The Dark Val McDermid (Sphere)

Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year  
A History of the World in 100 Objects Neil Macgregor (Allen Lane)
How To Be a Woman Caitlin Moran (Ebury Press)
Madeleine Kate McCann (Bantam Press)
Map of a Nation Rachel Hewitt (Granta Books)
The Good The Bad and The Multiplex Mark Kermode (Random House Books)
Wonders of the Universe Brian Cox (Collins)
  
New Writer of the Year  
Before I Go To Sleep S J Watson (Doubleday)
Grace Williams Says it Loud Emma Henderson (Sceptre)
Pigeon English Stephen Kelman (Bloomsbury)
Rivers of London Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz)
Snowdrops A D Miller (Atlantic Books)
When God was a Rabbit Sarah Winman (Headline Review)
  
Food & Drink Book of the Year  
Home Cooking Made Easy Lorraine Pascale (HarperCollins)
Jamie's Great Britain Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph)
Made in Sicily Giorgio Locatelli (Fourth Estate)
Rick Stein’s Spain Rick Stein (BBC Books)
The Good Cook Simon Hopkinson (BBC Books)
The Vintage Tea Party Angel Adoree (Mitchell Beazley)
  
Biography/Autobiography of the Year
Charles Dickens Claire Tomalin (Viking)
Genius in My Basement Alexander Masters (Fourth Estate)
Hitch 22 Christopher Hitchens (Atlantic Books)
Life Keith Richards (Phoenix)
Mud Sweat and Tears Bear Grylls (Bantam Press)
Red Dust Road Jackie Kay  (Picador)
  
International Author of the Year
A Visit From the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan (Corsair)
IQ84 Haruki Murakami (Harvill Secker)
Night Circus Erin Morgenstern (Harvill Secker)
On Canaan’s Side Sebastian Barry (Faber and Faber)
The Leopard Jo Nesbo  (Vintage)
The Tiger’s Wife Tea Obreht (Phoenix)
  
Children's Book of the Year 
A Monster Calls Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
Dead Man’s Cove Lauren St John (Orion)
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece Annabel Pitcher (Indigo)
One Dog and His Boy  Eva Ibbotson  (Marion Lloyd Books)
Stuck Oliver Jeffers (Harper Collins Children’s Books)
The Highway Rat Julia Donaldson illus. Axel Scheffler (Alison Green Books)
  
audible.co.uk Audiobook of the Year  
Any Human Heart William Boyd, narrator Mike Grady (Whole Story Audiobooks)
Before I Go To Sleep S J Watson, narrator Susannah Harker (Random House AudioGo)
My Dear I Wanted to Tell You Louisa Young, narrator Dan Stevens (HarperAudio)
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece Annabel Pitcher, narrator David Tennant (Orion Audio)
Snowdrops A.D. Miller, narrator Kevin Howarth (Whole Story Audiobooks)
The Player Of Games Iain M Banks, narrator Peter Kenny (Hachette Digital)

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My Dear I Wanted To Tell You...so beautifully written but the narration by Dan Stevens is brilliant. No one has a better voice and such an uncommon ability to become each character no matter accent, gender, or circumtance(!). Also, great way to fill in the time between Downton Abbey episodes!

My Dear I Wanted To Tell You...so beautifully written but the narration by Dan Stevens is brilliant. No one has a better voice and such an uncommon ability to become each character no matter accent, gender, or circumtance(!). Also, great way to fill in the time between Downton Abbey episodes!