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Shortlist nominations for the 2018 National Book Awards

Hosted by Zoe Ball, Awards return to celebrate best in the year’s fiction and non-fiction releases.

National Book Awards

The National Book Awards are produced by Cactus TV and the headline sponsors are Specsavers. The Awards are being relaunched this year to celebrate the books that real readers have bought, read and loved in 2018. The Awards cover 13 categories, including Popular Fiction Book of the Year; Food & Drink Book of the Year; Children’s Book of the Year and UK and International Author of the Year. Works eligible for this year’s awards were all released in the UK in 2018.

The winners in each category will be announced at The Specsavers National Book Awards, hosted by Zoe Ball, at a glamorous ceremony at The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, on the evening of Tuesday 20th November 2018, with a whole host of stars confirmed to attend. Highlights will be aired on ITV during a Christmas special of Zoe Ball on Saturday/Sunday on the 22nd and 23rd December.

Shortlisted authors include Stephen Fry, Jojo Moyes, Robert Harris, Graham Norton, Ian Rankin and JK Rowling in popular fiction and crime/thriller categories. Jamie Oliver, Nadiya Hussain, Prue Leith and Yotam Ottolenghi are just some of the A-list names set to battle it out for the Best Food and Drink Book. Jacqueline Wilson, Sebastian Faulks, Matt Haig and Philip Pullman also feature as UK Author nominees. Meanwhile, contenders for the Autobiography category include: Lily Allen, Peter Crouch and Sue Perkins.

The shortlist was chosen by the National Book Awards Academy, which is formed of a panel of industry experts, including retailers, publishers, agents, authors, reviewers and influencers, who will also vote on the eventual winners.

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Host of the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018, Zoe Ball said: “It’s an honour to host this year’s Specsavers National Book Awards. I’ve loved reading many of these amazing books by some of the best authors around. There is such variety highlighted in our selection of Awards and it is a real privilege to honour the best books and authors in the country.”

More information on the National Book Award shortlist can be viewed at


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