Books Weekly News Digest- November 7th 2014

Books Weekly News Digest- November 7th 2014

The Shock Of The Fall Is Shortlisted For National Book Awards

The 2014 shortlist for the Specsavers National Book Awards was announced this week, and we’re delighted to see Nathan Filer’s ‘ The Shock of the Fall’, the winner of the Costa Book of the Year, in the running for ‘Popular Fiction Book of the Year’. Filer, a mental health nurse, explores a variety of sensitive themes in his debut novel – including loss, grief and mental illness. The book has now sold in excess of 300,000 copies, so to celebrate this milestone the Borough Press are donating copies of it to NHS libraries.

2014 is shaping up to be a big year in terms of literary talent across both fiction and non-fiction. Some well-known personalities, including Mary Berry, John Cleese and Stephen Fry have been nominated – for Best Food & Drink Book, Best Autobiography and Best Audiobook, respectively. Sophie Hannah’s The Monogram Murders, Anthony Horowitz’s Moriarty and Robert Galbraith’s (J.K Rowling’s pseudonym) The Silkworm are contending for the Best Crime/Thriller Book of the Year Award.

The glamorous award ceremony will take place on Wednesday 26th November, followed by a reception at Downing Street. The public will then be asked to vote for their favourite of the winners to become the coveted Specsavers Book of the Year. Watch this space!

For updates, visit the National Book Awards official website.

Tom Hanks Set To Publish Stories Inspired By His Typewriters

Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks is set to release a book of short stories, all inspired by his very own collection of vintage typewriters. Hanks started his collection of both manual and portable typewriters back in 1978. The stories are not about typewriters themselves, but what might have been written on them, and will include photographs of his collection. After years of being surrounded by storytellers, Hanks states: “I want to tell some of my own”. The book has no confirmed publication date as yet, but his first work of fiction was recently published in the New Yorker magazine.

Helen Macdonald Wins £20k Samuel Johnson Prize With Hawk Book

Professional falconer and author Helen Macdonald has won the £20,000 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction with her book ‘ H is for Hawk’. The book is all about how becoming a falconer helped her come to terms with the sudden death of her father. Macdonald revealed that her “obsession” with birds of prey began at a young age, and H is for Hawk is a detailed account of how she trained Mabel and the help it gave her through the grieving process. The Samuel Johnson Prize is now in its 16th year.

Check out our blog post about Helen for more information.

This Year’s CWA Dagger In The Library Shortlist Is Announced

The CWA Dagger in the Library shortlist for 2014 has been released this week. In alphabetical order, they are: Sharon Bolton, Elly Griffiths, Mari Hannah, James Oswald and Mel Sherratt. For the very first time this year, readers compiled the longlist and crime lovers everywhere voted online for their top three authors. The Dagger in the Library differs from the majority of other literary prizes, in that the award is not for an individual book, but for the author’s body of work (this must include at least three books).

Birmingham Headteacher Leaves Behind A Library Of Rare Books

Jean Wilks, a headteacher from Birmingham who died earlier this year at the age of 97, has left behind a complete library of extremely rare books to her school, King Edward VI High School for Girls. The books include some of the first Penguin paperbacks ever published, as well as works by DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf and Evelyn Waugh. Her collection also featured many pivotal books on art. King Edward’s made the decision to donate the books to the Glasgow School of Art, which was ravaged by fire in May.

David Walliams’ ‘Awful Auntie’ Sees Chart-Topping Success For Six Weeks In A Row

Actor, comedian and author David Walliams must be extremely happy with the success of his children’s book ‘Awful Auntie’. The book has retained the number one spot in the official UK Top 50 for a record-breaking six consecutive weeks. The book has sold another 31,012 copies in the week ending November 1st. Since the book’s release on the September 25th, it hasn’t sold less than 30,000 per week.

Why not see how good Awful Auntie is for yourself?

Which stories were you most interested in this week?