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Top authors set for book awards event as shortlist revealed

PUBLISHED: 07:21 14 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:32 16 October 2017

Elly Griffiths.

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The contenders for the tenth East Anglian Book Awards, the region’s longest-running showcase for great writing, are announced today – with four top authors lined up to speak at the presentation event. Trevor Heaton reports.

Author Raffaella BarkerAuthor Raffaella Barker

Here they are: the contenders for this year’s East Anglian Book Awards, organised by the Eastern Daily Press, Jarrold, and Writers’ Centre Norwich in association with the UEA.

They are the 18 shortlisted titles across the six subject categories bidding for the overall top £1000 prize for East Anglian Book of the Year, courtesy of the PACCAR Foundation.

Author Rory ClementsAuthor Rory Clements

That winner will follow in the footsteps of last year’s overall winner, Jill Dawson, for her Suffolk-set novel The Crime Writer.

The category winners and the overall winner will be announced at special awards Literary Lunch event on Friday November 24, which will feature a brilliant line-up of best-selling authors Elly Griffiths, Sarah Perry, Rory Clements and Raffaella Barker talking about their work.

The shortlisted titles are:

Fiction (judge: Sarah Perry) – Madame Zero, by Sarah Hall (Faber); The Binding Song, by Elodie Harper (Hodder); The Lucky Ones, by Julianne Pachico (Faber).

Biography & Memoir (judge: D J Taylor) – The Owl at the Window, by Carl Gorham (Coronet); From Norfolk to Normandy: The Wartime Art of Captain Julian Cory-Wright RA, by Alan Marshall and Juliet Webster (Mascot Media); New Year’s Day is Black, by Nicki Loutit (Propolis).

History & Tradition (judge: Chris Rushby) – Holkham, by Christine Hiskey (Unicorn Press); Two Points East, by Judith Ellis (Judith Ellis); Norwich 1945-60, by Frances and Michael Holmes (Norwich Heritage Projects). General Non-Fiction (judge: Rebecca Stott) – Lapwing and Fox: Conversations between John Berger and John Christie, by John Christie (Objectif); Wandering in Norfolk: Time Lines and Crossing Places, by David Howe (Mousehold Press); Subterranean Norwich: The Grain of the City, by Matthew Williams (Lasse Press).

Poetry (judge: Jeremy Noel-Tod) – Was and Is, by Neil Powell (Carcanet); The Nameless Places, by Richard Lambert (Arc); The Straight Man, by Sarah Roby (Templar Poetry).

Mal Peet Children’s Award (judge: Rowan Mantell) - Fenn Halflin and the Seaborn, by Francesca Armour-Chelu (Walker Books); Migloo’s Weekend, by William Bee (Walker Books); The Nearest Far Away Place, by Hayley Long (Hot Key Books).

Jarrold Literary Lunch and the presentation of the East Anglian Book Awards 2017 will take place on Friday November 24 at the Top of the Terrace at Norwich City Football Club, 11.30am for noon. The event is expected to finish by 4pm.

Tickets, including a two-course meal with coffee, are £27.50 available from jarrold.co.uk/events or Customer Services 01603 660661

Since the awards began in 2008, they have highlighted the works of well over 130 authors, almost 170 titles, and more than 90 local, regional and national publishers.

As well as the six subject categories (and the overall winner), this year will also see the return of our award for lifetime achievement in local publishing, and also the ‘Book by the Cover’ design award, sponsored by the East Anglian Writers.

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