Galaxy Book Awards 2011

In Miscellaneous on October 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm

The Galaxy National Book Awards honour the best new books of the year from UK authors or non-British nationals who hold a British passport or who have been domiciled in Great Britain and Northern Ireland for more than two years.

UK Author of the Year

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The Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life.

The Sense of an Ending is the story of one man coming to terms with the mutable past. Laced with trademark precision, dexterity and insight, it is the work of one of the world’s most distinguished writers.

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    Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch

    Young Jaffy Brown never expects to escape the slums of Victorian London. Then a chance encounter with Mr Jamrach changes Jaffy’s stars, and he finds himself boarding a ship bound for the Indian Ocean. With his best friend Tim at his side, Jaffy’s journey will push faith, love and friendship to their utmost limits

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    The Long Song by Andrea Levy

    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, The Long Song is told in the unique voice of its narrator July, it is a captivating portrait of life on a nineteenth-century Jamaican sugar plantation, and an unflinching journey through that time in the company of people who lived it. Breathtaking, hauntingly beautiful, and heartbreaking, it is, quite simply, unputdownable.

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    The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst

    In the summer of 1913 the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at ‘Two Acres’, the home of his friend George Sawle. The weekend is one of excitements and confusions, but it is on George’s sixteen-year-old sister Daphne that it has the most lasting impact, when Cecil writes her a poem which will become a touchstone for a generation, an evocation of an England about to change for ever.

Popular Fiction Book of the Year

  • Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French

    A Tiny Bit Marvellous is the story of a modern family all living in their own separate bubbles lurching towards meltdown. It is for anyone who has ever shared a home with that weird group of strangers we call relations.

    Oh and there’s a dog. Called Poo.

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    Gillespie and I by Jane Harris

    A wonderfully dark and entertaining tale, set in Victorian Glasgow, following a young woman who befriends an influential artistic family at the time of the International Exhibition – a friendship that leads to tragedy and mystery…


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    My Last Duchess by Daisy Goodwin

    Cora Cash, probably the wealthiest heiress in 1890s America, has grown up in a world in which money unlocks every door. Yet her fortune cannot buy her the freedom to choose her own destiny. For Cora’s mother has her heart on a title for her daughter, and in England – where they are bound – impoverished blue bloods are queuing up for introductions to American heiresses. She soon finds herself playing a game she does not fully understand – one where her future happiness is the prize.

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    Snuff by Terry Pratchett

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.

    And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, when he stumbles on bodies and an ancient crime.

    He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. Where there is a crime there must be a finding, there must be a chase and there must be a punishment.

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    The Radleys by Matt Haig

    Suburban life: Radio 4, dinner parties and self-denial. Loads of self-denial. But for the Radleys, all hell’s about to break loose. When teenage daughter Clara gets attacked, she and her brother Rowan finally discover quite why they feel so weird all the time. Life for the Radleys is about to change. Drastically…

Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year in association with iBookstore

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      Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

      ‘As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me …’

      Welcome to Christine’s life.

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      The Fear Index by Robert Harris

      His name is carefully guarded from the general public but within the secretive inner circles of the ultra-rich Dr Alex Hoffmann is a legend – a visionary scientist whose computer software turns everything it touches into gold.

      Together with his partner, an investment banker, Hoffmann has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that tracks human emotions, enabling it to predict movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions.

      But then in the early hours of the morning, while he lies asleep with his wife, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of their lakeside house. So begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence as Hoffmann attempts, with increasing desperation, to discover who is trying to destroy him.

      His quest forces him to confront the deepest questions of what it is to be human. By the time night falls over Geneva, the financial markets will be in turmoil and Hoffmann’s world – and ours – transformed forever.

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      Heartstone by C J Sansom

      Summer 1545: England is at war. At the bidding of Queen Catherine Parr, Shardlake travels to Portsmouth to investigate claims of monstrous wrongs against a young man – as well as the mysterious past of a young woman incarcerated in the Bedlam. Events will converge on one of the King’s great warships, primed to confront the approaching French fleet…

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      The Family by Martina Cole

      The Family is the devastatingly powerful and utterly unforgettable novel from the phenomenal No. 1 bestseller Martina Cole. To Phillip Murphy, family is everything and he loves his wife Christine with a vengeance. But there is another side to Phillip, one he never wanted Christine to see. Though, even if she did, could she do anything but stand by him? Because once you’re in the family, you’re in it for life…

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      The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin

      Malcolm Fox and his team from Internal Affairs are back. They’ve been sent to Fife to investigate whether fellow cops covered up for a corrupt colleague, Detective Paul Carter. Carter has been found guilty of misconduct with his own uncle, also in the force, having proved to be his nephew’s nemesis. But what should be a simple job is soon complicated by intimations of conspiracy and cover-up – and a brutal murder, a murder committed with a weapon that should not even exist. The spiralling investigation takes Fox back in time to 1985, a year of turmoil in British political life. Terrorists intent on a split between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom were becoming more brazen and ruthless, sending letter-bombs and poisonous spores to government offices, plotting kidnaps and murder, and trying to stay one step ahead of the spies sent to flush them out. Fox has a duty to get at the truth, while the body count rises, the clock starts ticking, and he fights for his professional and personal life.

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      Trick Of The Dark by Val McDermid

      When Charlie Flint is sent a mysterious package of cuttings about a brutal murder, it instantly grabs her attention. The murder occurred in the grounds of her old Oxford college – a groom battered to death just hours after his wedding. As his bride and wedding guests sipped champagne, his alleged killers were slipping his bloodstained body into the river.

      Charlie doesn t know who sent the package, or why, yet she can t get the crime out of her head But as she delves deeper, and steps back into the mysterious world of Oxford colleges, she realises that there is much more to this crime than meets the eye.

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Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year

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        • A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregorDrawing on Neil MacGregor’s landmark radio series, this book takes a dramatically original approach to the history of humanity, using objects which previous civilisations have left behind them. The book’s range is enormous. It begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with an object from the 21st century which represents the world we live in today.
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          How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

          Caitlin Moran rewrites The Female Eunuch from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller.

          There’s never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven’t been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain…

          Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina? Why does your bra hurt? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby?

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          Madeleine by Kate McCann

          ‘The decision to publish this book has been very difficult, and taken with heavy hearts … My reason for writing it is simple: to give an account of the truth … Writing this memoir has entailed recording some very personal, intimate and emotional aspects of our lives. Sharing these with strangers does not come easily to me, but if I hadn’t done so I would not have felt the book gave as full a picture as it is possible for me to give. As with every action we have taken over the last four years, it ultimately boils down to whether what we are doing could help us to find Madeleine. When the answer to that question is yes, or even possibly, our family can cope with anything …

          What follows is an intensely personal account, and I make no apology for that …

          Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.’

          Kate McCann, May 2011


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          Wonders of the Universe by Brian Cox

          Professor Brian Cox is back with another insightful and mind-blowing journey through both space and time to show you something of unimaginable age and size: 13.7 billion years old, 93 billion light years across and filled with over 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars.

Biography/Autobiography of the Year

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            Charles Dickens by Claire Tomalin

            In Charles Dickens: A Life, renowned biographer Claire Tomalin paints an unforgettable portrait, brilliantly capturing the complex character of this great genius to give us the biography of Dickens we’ve been waiting for.

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            Mud, Sweat and Tears by Bear Grylls

            Known and admired by millions – whether from his global adventure TV series, as a bestselling author, or as Chief Scout to the Scouting Association – Bear Grylls has survived where few would dare to go. Now, for the first time, Bear tells the story of his action-packed life. Gripping, moving and wildly exhilarating, Mud, Sweat and Tears is a must-read for adrenalin junkies and armchair adventurers alike.

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            Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay

            As a little girl, Jackie Kay realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad. Later in life, and pregnant with her own son, she decides to trace her birth parents. On a journey full of unexpected twists and deep emotions she discovers that inheritance is about much more than genes: that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells, and that what triumphs, ultimately, is love.


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