11 March 2009

Galaxy British Book Awards

THESE are the book awards that count. Ignore the Booker... the PUHLEASEitzer... the Miles Franklin. With categories like the "Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award" and the "Play.com Popular Non-Fiction Award" the Galaxy British Book Awards (the Oscars of the Book World!) should be the gong that every writer dreams of.

Richard and Judy have a category as well and I'm glad to see my old acquaintance The 19th Wife has picked up a nomination for their best read of the year... sigh.

I was most amused to read the nominations for the "Tesco Biography of the Year"; Dawn French, Barack Obama and Julie Walters all racing neck and neck towards the nail-biting conclusion that will make last November look like a walk in the park.

However, the best quote from the website is the description of the judging panel for the big prize, The Galaxy Book of the Year: "(It) will be determined by an elite and bi-partisan chapter of the Academy of the British Book Industry."


I was worried they hadn't quite realised the ENORMITY of these awards, but I'm glad to see they're taking them seriously.
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