RCW Authors Shortlisted for Readers Awards

We are thrilled to see that so many of our authors have been shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2017.

Swing Time by Zadie Smith and The End We Start From by Megan Hunter are on the shortlist for the Novel Award.

East West Street by Philippe Sands has been shortlisted for the Non-Fiction Award.

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell is on the Middle Grade shortlist.

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee has been shortlisted for the Breakthrough Author Award.

The shortlists have been curated by bookshops, and the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are the only major awards voted for by readers themselves. Running for a second year, the awards consist of shortlists across eight categories.

For more information about the awards and to vote for your favourite books, please see here.

(Agent for Zadie Smith and Philippe Sands: Georgia Garrett; Agent for Megan Hunter: Emma Paterson; Agent for Katherine Rundell: Claire Wilson; Agent for Abir Mukherjee: Sam Copeland)

Christopher de Bellaigue Shortlisted for Baillie Gifford Prize

RCW is delighted to announce that The Islamic Enlightenment by Christopher de Bellaigue has been shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction.

Formerly known as The Samuel Johnson Prize (1999 – 2015), the Baillie Gifford Prize is the most prestigious non-fiction prize in the UK, worth £30,000 to the winner.

The winner will be announced on 11th November 2017.

For more information about the prize, please see here.

(Agent for Christopher de Bellaigue : Peter Straus)

Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

RCW is extremely proud that Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize in Literature 2017.

The Swedish Academy praised the novelist as a writer “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.

Upon learning of his award, Ishiguro described it as “amazing and totally unexpected news.” He said: “It comes at a time when the world is uncertain about its values, its leadership and its safety. I just hope that my receiving this huge honour will, even in a small way, encourage the forces for goodwill and peace at this time.”

His agent, Peter Straus says: “a great cheer went up in the office when the news was announced and my thoughts went to Deb, who represented Ish from the start – how full of joy she would be today. All of Ish’s publishers around the world – he is published in 50 languages – join with us to offer him our heartfelt congratulations.”

Ishiguro is the author of eight books, which have been published in 50 languages. His most famous titles include The Buried Giant (2015), The Remains of the Day (1989), and Never Let Me Go (2005), which are published in the UK by Faber & Faber. He won the Man Booker Prize in 1989 for The Remains of the Day and was awarded an OBE for Services to Literature in 1995.

Ishiguro is the 114th winner of the prize, following writers including Seamus Heaney, Pablo Neruda and Ernest Hemingway.

For more information about the Nobel Prize in Literature, please see here.

(Agent for Kazuo Ishiguro: Peter Straus)

RCW Authors Longlisted for Andrew Carnegie Medals

Sebastian Barry, Han Kang, Brian Van Reet and Ron Chernow have been longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Awards for Excellence 2018.

The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be announced on 25th October. The two medal winners will be announced on 11th February 2018.

For more information about the prize, please see here.

(Agent for Sebastian Barry: Natasha Fairweather; agent for Han Kang: Laurence Laluyaux; agent for Brian Van Reet: Peter Straus; agent for Ron Chernow: Zoe Waldie)