Friday, April 11, 2008

Now for the Nibbies ...

And now it's time for the Nibbies, as the British Book Awards are affectionately known, a whole cluster of awards decided by publishers, booksellers and the general public, and reflecting (i think it's fair to say) more popular, rather than rarefied literary, taste.

Among the winners :

Ian McEwan picks up the Galaxy Book of the Year for On Chesil Beach, and Reader's Digest make him Author of the Year.

Richard and Judy vote Khaled Hossieni's A Thousand Splendid Suns, their Book of the Year.

Catherine O'Flynn is Waterstones' Newcomer of the Year.

Kim Edwards' The Memory Keeper's Daughter wins Sainsbury's Book of the Year.

And J.K. Rowling gets the Book People Outstanding Achievement Award.

The complete list of awards and shortlisted titles here.

Lindsay Irvine takes a look at this year's awards in the Guardian.


Anonymous said...

Khaled Hossieni's "A Thousand Splendid Suns" isn't a refined literary book ? what does that make all the DragonLance stuff I read ? :)

bibliobibuli said...

mcewan also isn't exactly pop stuff ... but i think you'll know what i mean if you go look at all the lists!

khaled hosseini writes very well (judging by "the kite runner") and has broad popular appeal too (which is good!)