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Galaxy British Book Award Winner 2009

 The British Book award winner as announced at 5 April 2009 are (drum roll….)





·         Galaxy Book of the Year

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Kate Summerscale (Bloomsbury)


·         Outstanding Achievement

Michael Palin


·         Richard & Judy Best Read

When Will There Be Good News – Kate Atkinson (Black Swan)


·         Borders Author of the Year

Aravind Adiga for The White Tiger (Atlantic Books)


·         Tesco Biography of the Year

Dreams From My Father – Barack Obama (Canongate)


·         Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson (Quercus)


·         Sainsbury’s Popular Fiction Award

Devil May Care – Sebastian Faulks (Penguin 007)


·         Play.com Popular Non-Fiction Award

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Kate Summerscale (Bloomsbury)


·         Waterstone’s New Writer of the Year

Tom Rob Smith for Child 44 (Simon & Schuster)


·         WHSmith Children’s Book of the Year

Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer Atom 





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I have read 4 of the books listed as winner, and now I have to read The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and Dreams From My Father – Barack Obama. Michael Palin deserves to win too, with his colourful travel books! I thought The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was history, it’s been out on the shelf since 2007, but Stieg Larsson is good I must admit. Too bad he is not alive today to see the success of his books. (5 minutes of silence for respect, please………………………………………) 

What did I say? I said Obama will win the Tesco Biography of the Year, didn’t I? Happy easter, everyone. 

To read more, click Here, GBBA Winners 2009.


About JoV

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2 thoughts on “Galaxy British Book Award Winner 2009

  1. Dear fellow Stieg Larsson fan,

    We’re trying something new for the launch of the second book in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.
    Run your own Stieg Larsson contest on your blog—for which we will provide the prizes (a free copy of The Girl Who Played with Fire, cool temporary dragon tattoos). The first thirty (30) entrants will get first dibs of the translated manuscript of book three. Below you’ll find the complete rules and regulations.

    Click here http://knopfdoubleday.com/blogger-contest-stieg-larsson for contest entry

    Visit the Stieg Larsson site http://stieglarsson.net/ for more info

    Friend http://www.facebook.com/salander1 Lisbeth on Facebook

    Follow http://twitter.com/aaknopf us on Twitter

    The first 250 bloggers to enter their information (name, blog name, blog URL mailing address, and daytime phone number) will obtain the giveaway material (one (1) copy of The Girl who Played with Fire and a batch of temporary tattoos) to host a sweepstakes on their blog. The first 30 bloggers to enter will also receive (1) copy of the manuscript of the third Stieg Larsson thriller at the time of its in-house release. All applications to participate will have to be received by 11:59 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) on August 15, 2009. U.S. Residents only. Bloggers are solely responsible for the administration of the sweepstakes on their blogs.

    The A.A. Knopf Marketing Team

    Posted by Knopf Marketing | July 16, 2009, 3:15 pm

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