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Shortlists and awards

Sunday April 17, 2005

Shortlists and awards

THE shortlists for the British Book Awards 2005, popularly known as the “Nibbies”, are out.  

The awards, organised by Publishing News, aim to celebrate the book and the publishing industry. 

Winners will be announced on April 21. 

WH Smith Book of the Year 

Da Vinci Code (Corgi) by Dan Brown 

A Short History of Nearly Every- thing (Black Swan); Bill Bryson 

Chronicles: Volume One (Simon & Schuster); Bob Dylan 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage); Mark Haddon 

You Are What You Eat (Michael Joseph); Gillian McKeith 

Himalaya (Weidenfeld); Michael Palin 

WH Smith Children’s Book of the Year 

Clarice Bean Spells Trouble (Orchard) by Lauren Child 

The Gruffalo’s Child (Macmillan); Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 

Scorpia (Walker); Anthony Horowitz 

Wolf Brother (Orion); Michelle Paver 

How I Live Now (Penguin); Meg Rosoff 

Wormwood (Faber); GP Taylor  

Crime Thriller of the Year 

The Graft (Headline) by Martina Cole 

The Murder Room (Penguin); PD James 

Fleshmarket Close (Orion); Ian Rankin 

Dissolution (Pan); CJ Sansom 

Biography of the Year 

My Life (Hutchinson) by Bill Clinton 

The Smoking Diaries (Granta); Simon Gray 

The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw (Bloomsbury); Sheila Hancock 

Being Jordan (John Blake); Katie Price 

Literary Fiction Award 

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (Bloomsbury) by Susanna Clarke 

Small Island (Review); Andrea Levy 

Cloud Atlas (Sceptre); David Mitchell 

The Master (Picador); Colm Tóibín 

Newcomer of the Year 

Cecilia Ahern for PS, I Love You  

Susanna Clarke for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell  

Kate Long for The Bad Mother’s Handbook  

Elizabeth Noble for The Reading Group  

Writer of the Year 

Malorie Blackman (Noughts & Crosses; Knife Edge) 

Hari Kunzru (The Impressionist; Transmission

Andrea Levy (Every Light in the House Burnin’; Small Island

Benjamin Zephaniah (Refugee  

Boy; Gangsta Rap)  

Author of the Year 

Dan Brown (Digital Fortress; Deception Point; Da Vinci Code)  

Sheila Hancock (The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw

Alan Hollinghurst (The Swimming-Pool Library; The Folding Star; The Line of Beauty

Alexander McCall Smith (The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series; The Sunday Philosophy Club; 44 Scotland Street) 

Over in the United States, the American Booksellers Association has selected the winners of the 2005 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards.  

Adult Fiction: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)  

Adult Non-Fiction: Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson (Random House)  

Children's Literature: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, illustrated by Brett Helquist (Scholastic Press) 

Children's Illustrated: Duck for President by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) 

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