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Shortlists unveiled for Galaxy National Book Awards

28th October 2010

Hilary Mantel and David Mitchell have been shortlisted in the 2010 Galaxy National Book Awards.

Wolf Hall by Mantel and Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet have put the writers in contention for the prestigious UK author of the year prize in what were formerly known as the Galaxy British Book Awards.

Tom McCarthy has also been shortlisted with C, as have Maggie O'Farrell for The Hand That First Held Mine, Kate Atkinson with Started Early, Took My Dog and Rose Tremain for Trespass.

In the international author of the year category, which recognises foreign novelists who have influenced the British reading public, Colm Toibin, Jonathan Franzen, Stieg Larsson, Kathryn Stockett, Emma Donoghue and Christos Tsiolkas have been shortlisted.

The winners of the awards' eight categories will be named on November 10th in a ceremony which will be later broadcast on More4.

Amanda Ross, managing director of Cactus TV, which is producing the show, commented: 'It's great to see such a wide range of quality books on the shortlist. These nominations have ensured the Galaxy National Book Awards will be rewarding the cream of top British publishing.'

Last year, Aravind Adiga won the author of the year honour for The White Tiger, while Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance saw US president Barack Obama scoop the biography prize.
 

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