National Book Awards 2018 Shortlist Announced

National Book Awards have today announced this year’s shortlist, featuring lauded authors including JK Rowling, Philip Pullman, Ian Rankin and Jojo Moyes.

The National Book Awards are produced by Cactus TV and the headline sponsors are Specsavers. The awards are being relaunched this year to celebrate the books that real readers have bought, read and loved in 2018. The Awards cover 13 categories, including Popular Fiction Book of the Year; Children’s Book of the Year; UK and International Author of the Year and Audiobook of the Year.

Shortlisted titles include Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperFiction, HC), which will go head-to-head with This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay (Picador, Pan Macmillan) in the Audible New Writer of the Year category; and Melmoth by Sarah Perry (Serpent’s Tail, Profile Books) faces La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Vol 1 by Philip Pullman (Penguin and David Fickling Books, PRH) and Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig (Canongate Books) for UK Author of the Year.

The winners in each category will be announced at The Specsavers National Book Awards, hosted by Zoe Ball, at a glamorous ceremony at The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, on the evening of Tuesday 20th November 2018. Highlights will be aired on ITV during a Christmas special of Zoe Ball on Saturday/Sunday on the 22nd and 23rd December.

Host of the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018, Zoe Ball said: “It’s an honour to host this year’s Specsavers National Book Awards. I’ve loved reading many of these amazing books by some of the best authors around. There is such variety highlighted in our selection of Awards and it is a real privilege to honour the best books and authors in the country.”

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