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Leading British authors feature among Alma nominees

18th September 2009

Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Aidan Chambers and Quentin Blake are among those nominated for this year's Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (Alma).

Nearly 170 authors from 60 countries are up for this year's prize of five million kronor (GBP 443,800).

Notable international nominees include Morris Gleitzman and Kate Thompson.

Speaking to the Guardian, Carnegie prize winner Chambers explained: 'I don't think I have a hope up against that competition even from my own country.

'And the field is pretty strong when you look at the international line-up too.'

Swedish author Astrid Lindgren won international acclaim around the world for her children's books, among which the stories featuring the Pippi Longstocking character are some of the most memorable.

The first Alma in 2003 was awarded jointly to authors Christine Nostlinger and Maurice Sendak, the latter of whom penned the popular children's book Where the Wild Things Are.

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