2012 UK National Book Award Nominees Include "Fifty Shades of Grey"
It was probably only a matter of time before E. L. James, author of controversial mommy-porn novel Fifty Shades of Grey, was nominated for some kind of award. Don’t worry, it’s not in a literary category - it’s unlikely to win any awards for its prose. It’s been put forward for the Popular Fiction Book of the Year.
Chosen by a panel of 50 book experts, including booksellers and journalists, the prize is intended to reward an adult novel "which has made a massive impact [and] that may have exceeded expectations".
It’s up against Kate Mosse’s latest, Citadel, Bernard Cornwell’s 1356, JoJo Moyes’s Me Before You, Victoria Hislop’s The Thread, and Dorothy Koomson’s The Rose Petal Beach. Previous winners in the category include David Nicholls, Sebastian Faulks and Marian Keyes. The general public votes on all the nominees, with the intention of the vote reflecting books people are actually reading. And as it’s in the run up to Christmas, it’s likely to boost sales of the winners’ and nominees’ books.
There are ten categories including Autobiography, Food & Drink, Crime, and Non-fiction, as well as Author of the Year, International Author of the Year, and New Writer of the Year. J. K. Rowling’s been nominated for UK Author of the Year for The Casual Vacancy against Booker winner Hilary Mantel and Zadie Smith. Pete Townshend and Salman Rushdie have been nominated in Autobiography, Lee Child against Susan Hill and Anthony Horowitz in Crime, and I have to confess I’ve never even heard of most of the International nominees.
After the winners are announced on the 4th of December there will be another public vote, as each category is put forward for the National Book of the Year. The result of that vote will be revealed on the 18th of December.
Like a lot of public votes, the fans will probably rally around their favorites, so who knows, E. L. James may well win it - but the question (for me, at least) is ‘should she win’?
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