As the UK has a Bank Holiday weekend for May Day, Kate and Rob have been using the time to sort out their bookshelves, and they’re also looking forward to hearing the winners at the British Book Awards (or ‘Nibbles’) on Monday 8 May. Continue reading “Podcast: Sorting the Bookshelves and the British Book Awards”
This week on AWW YA, Kate and Darran talk through their thoughts on all ten books from the 2016 YA Book Prize shortlist, and the winner, One by Sarah Crossan. That means it’s a bit of a bumper episode but we hope you find it enjoyable. Continue reading “YA Podcast: The YA Book Prize 2016”
Next up, Kate and Darran (@ShinraAlpha) are sharing their thoughts on Concentric by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury Kids), in the run-up to the YA Book Prize 2016. Join us as we talk about the whole shortlist, before our round-up post on the Waterstones blog. Continue reading “The YA Book Prize 2016: Concentr8”
In the run-up to the announcement of the YA Book Prize 2016, Darran (@ShinraAlpha) and I are reading and sharing our thoughts on all ten books on the shortlist. We’re kicking off with The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson (David Fickling Books). Continue reading “The YA Book Prize 2016: The Art of Being Normal”
In a marathon episode, Rob and Kate settle in to discuss what they thought of the samples they read from the Man Booker Prize longlist 2015, in addition to the two novels they’ve read in full – A Little Life and A Spool of Blue Thread.
Continue reading “Podcast: Sampling the Man Booker Prize Longlist, 2015”
This month, Kate talks about two firsts, the UKYA Blogger Awards, which are – we think – the first industry-sponsored awards for book bloggers, and the YA Book Prize, the first book prize exclusively for YA literature. Kate chats to Andy Robb, the founder of UKYABA, and Rob guests. Continue reading “Podcast: UKYA Blogger Awards and the YA Book Prize”
We mentioned on our latest podcast that the shortlist for The Folio Prize would be announced today, and here it is! Eight titles, from which one winner will be chosen, and announced 23rd March 2015… Continue reading “Announcing The Folio Prize shortlist”
The longlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize was announced earlier today. This year’s list was awaited with particular curiosity because, of course, the Man Booker trustees decided – for the first time – to change the rules which had previously allowed only British and Commonwealth authors to be considered for the prize. So…what did they pick? Thirteen novels made it to the first stage. Continue reading “Man Booker Longlist 2014 announced; what do you think?”
Earlier this evening, the shortlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2014 was announced – by Vine!
The results are in, and the winners have been announced for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2014. Continue reading “The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winners 2014”
It’s not long now until the winners of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize will be announced. In case you didn’t know, there are three categories – Best Picture Book, Best Fiction for 5-12s, and Best Book for Teens, plus an overall winner too. The winning books and authors will be announced on 3rd April when the category winners will receive £2,000, plus an additional £3000 going to the overall winner.
I thought I’d point out a few of my highlights from the three shortlists, to guide you in the right direction… Continue reading “The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlists”
A great way to keep up with recommendations for great reads is to look at the books coming up in prize shortlists; I thought I’d take a look at the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards for some ideas of great young adult reads, and fantastic illustrated stories too. Continue reading “CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards shortlist”