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Alan Hollinghurst triumphs at Galaxy National Book Awards

7th November 2011

Alan Hollinghurst put his Booker Prize disappointment behind him to claim the UK author of the year prize at the Galaxy National Book Awards at the weekend, though there were few shocks during the evening.

Eyebrows were raised when Hollinghurst's The Stranger's Prize was omitted from the Man Booker Prize shortlist this year, though his novel will now compete for the overall Galaxy Book of the Year Award, alongside the other category winners.

These included Dawn French, who won the popular fiction book of the year prize for A Tiny Bit Marvellous, while Jennifer Egan was named international author of the year for A Visit from the Goon Squad, which also scooped the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award and this year's Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Emma Donoghue's Room, shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and 2011Orange Prize for Fiction, won the paperback of the year award, with Patrick Ness scooping the children's book of the year prize for A Monster Calls.

Members of the public now have until December 20th to vote for the overall book of the year title, with the winner announced shortly after. 

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