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The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize is announced today!

This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: by the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah (Chair); crime writer Val McDermid; cultural critic Leo Robson; feminist writer and critic Jacqueline Rose; and artist and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton.

The list was chosen from 171 submissions – the highest number of titles put forward in the prize’s 50 year history – published in the UK and Ireland between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2018.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK and Ireland. This is the first year that novels published in Ireland are eligible for the prize, following a change in rules announced at the start of 2018 that recognised the special relationship between the UK and Irish publishing markets.

The 2018 longlist, or Man Booker ‘Dozen’, of 13 novels, is:

Author (country/territory)              Title (imprint)

Belinda Bauer (UK)                             Snap (Bantam Press)

Anna Burns (UK)                                 Milkman (Faber & Faber)

Nick Drnaso (USA)                              Sabrina (Granta Books)

Esi Edugyan (Canada)                         Washington Black (Serpent’s Tail)

Guy Gunaratne (UK)                           In Our Mad And Furious City (Tinder Press)

Daisy Johnson (UK)                             Everything Under (Jonathan Cape)

Rachel Kushner (USA)                         The Mars Room (Jonathan Cape)

Sophie Mackintosh (UK)                      The Water Cure (Hamish Hamilton)

Michael Ondaatje (Canada)                  Warlight (Jonathan Cape)

Richard Powers (USA)                         The Overstory (William Heinemann)

Robin Robertson (UK)                         The Long Take (Picador)

Sally Rooney (Ireland)                        Normal People (Faber & Faber)

Donal Ryan (Ireland)                          From A Low And Quiet Sea (Doubleday Ireland)

 

Taken from https://themanbookerprize.com/fiction/news/man-booker-prize-2018-longlist-announced

 

 

Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal Winners Announced

‌The winners of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK's oldest children's book awards, were announced on Monday 18th June, at a ceremony at The British Library in London hosted by presenter and author June Sarpong. Widely regarded as the greatest of all accolades available to a children's writer or illustrator, the Medals are unique in being judged by children's librarians.

British writer Geraldine McCaughrean won the CILIP Carnegie Medal for the second time with her middle-grade novel Where the World Ends (Usborne). McCaughrean is the most shortlisted author in the history of the prize, and this win comes 30 years after her first Carnegie Medal for A Pack of Lies in 1988. Inspired by an historical record from 18th century St Kilda, the book explores the fates of a group of men and boys who find themselves stranded on a remote and inhospitable sea stack after their return boat mysteriously fails to turn up. On winning the Medal, McCaughrean commented: "When I won the Carnegie 30 years ago, it felt like a licence to go on writing - to call myself an author. I am almost ashamed of how much I wanted to win again - just to prove to myself that it wasn't a fluke!"

Canadian illustrator Sydney Smith wins the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for the first time for his illustrations in Joanne Schwartz's Town Is by the Sea (Walker Books). The picture book, which depicts a day in the life of a boy growing up in a coal mining town in the 1950s, contrasts a child's life of play with that of the adult world of work, with the bright world above ground juxtaposed with the perilous subterranean world of a mining pit. Smith visited a miner's museum in Cape Breton's Glace Bay, where the story is set, and took inspiration for his expressive brush work from Impressionist artists such as J.M.W. Turner.

Smith said: "Although this story is specific to a place and a time, the context of childhood is universal. There is something so beautiful about the universality of the complicated richness of youth. It is a dream come true to see my work, crafted from my heart, for family and my home to be honoured by the highest of praises. There is no better feeling than to be recognized for something that was created with sincerity and joy. I regard this honour as a challenge to continue to work with such tools."

Information taken from: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/press.php?release=pres_2018_winners_announcement.html

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The CBI Book of the Year Awards were announced at the end of May.

Author Deirdre Sullivan and illustrator Karen Vaughan have won the 28th CBI Book of the Year Award with Tangleweed and Brine. The award judges said ‘This remarkable book is a significant and timely contribution to Irish young-adult literature and feminist literature for young people. Deirdre Sullivan’s simultaneously rich, delicate and stark text is powerfully enhanced by Karen Vaughan’s haunting black and white illustrations. Combining the timeless allure of dark fantasy with subversive explorations of female embodiment and systems of women’s suffering and triumphs, this incisive, exquisite collection promises an enthralling and unsettling experience.’

The CBI Book of the Year Awards judging panel also made awards to the following:

Honour Award for Fiction: Sheena Wilkinson for Star by Star.

Honour Award for Illustration: Kevin Waldron for Chocolate Cake.

Judges’ Special Award: Eoin Colfer for Illegal.

Eilís Dillon Award for a first children’s book: Meg Grehan for The Space Between.

The CBI Book of the Year Awards are the leading children’s book awards in Ireland. The Awards are a celebration of excellence in children’s literature and illustration and are open to books written in English or Irish by authors and illustrators born or resident in Ireland and published between 1st January and 31st December each year.

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