Ian Rankin, David Baddiel, and Kate Atkinson shortlisted at the British Book Awards

RCW is pleased to announce that three of our authors have been shortlisted for the British Book Awards.

Ian Rankin’s In a House of Lies has been shortlisted for the Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, David Baddiel’s book Head Kid has been shortlisted for the Children’s Fiction Book of the Year, while Kate Atkinson’s Transcription has been shortlisted for the Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2019.

The British Book Awards, also known as the Nibbies, celebrate and recognise the commercial success of British book industry, from authors, and publishers, to bookshops. Nibbies are organised by The Bookseller.

According to The Bookseller, the category winners will be decided by eight separate judging panels, with judges including acclaimed illustrator Axel Scheffler, food critic Jay Rayner, Adam Kay, author of the bestselling This is Going to Hurt, and Labour MP Jess Phillips, among others.

The winners will be announced on May 13th.

(David Baddiel is represented by Georgia Garrett; Ian Rankin is represented by Peter Robinson; Kate atkinson is represented by Peter Straus)

Raghu Karnard has been awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction

RCW is thrilled to announce that Raghu Karnard has been awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction.

Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War (2015) is a stylish and exactingly researched work in which Karnad narrates the lost epic of India’s war through the lives of five young people — his grandfather among them — who were drawn into it. Resurrecting diaries and documents, Karnad uses fragmented evidence and testimony to build an account that he calls “forensic nonfiction,” as he untwines the fates of his subjects, from their schooldays in South India to their experiences of war, from the Arabian desert to the Burmese jungle.

Lifelong partners, Donald Windham and Sandy M. Campbell were avid book collectors, voracious readers, and friends with many of the most important literary figures of their time. Windham wrote memoirs, novels, plays, short stories, and a children’s book. Campbell was a stage actor who also penned unsigned book reviews for The New Yorker and contributed articles to Harper’s Magazine and other publications. A spirit of generosity, as well as a love of literature and a profound sympathy for his fellow writers, led Windham to establish the Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University. The mission of the prizes is to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns.

(Agent for Raghu Karnard: Cara Jones)

Guy Stagg’s The Crossway wins Edward Stanford Travel Memoir Book of the Year

We are delighted that The Crossway (Picador) by Guy Stagg has been named Edward Stanford Travel Memoir Book of the Year.

The Crossway is the account of Guy Stagg’s extraordinary 2013 adventure, a pilgrimage from Canterbury to Jerusalem. He did not begin the journey for religious reasons, but rather in the hope that the ritual might heal years of mental illness. Alone, he hiked for ten months, covering ancient paths across ten countries. In his memoir, he describes with compelling honesty the struggles he encounters along the way, and the kindness of the strangers he meets.

The Edward Stanford Awards were established to celebrate the world’s best travel writing and travel writers. They are named after Edward Stanford, whose Victorian map-making business inspired a passion for foreign travel and adventure, which in turn led to an explosion in travel writing.

(Agent for Guy Stagg: Zoë Waldie)

The Cut Out Girl Wins Costa Book of the Year

RCW is thrilled to announce that Bart van Es‘ biography The Cut Out Girl has won the Costa Book of the Year Award 2019.

The Cut Out Girl retraces the story of Lien, a young Jewish girl in Holland who was hidden from the Nazis and fostered by Bart van Es’ own grandparents, who were part of the Dutch resistance. The Cut Out Girl braids together a powerful recreation of Lien’s harrowing childhood story with the present-day account of Bart’s efforts to piece that story together. And it embraces the wider picture, too, for Holland was more cooperative in rounding up its Jews for the Nazis than any other Western European country; that is part of Lien’s story too.

Chair of Judges for Costa Book Awards, Sophie Raworth, said ‘The hidden gem of the year. Sensational and gripping, and shedding light on some of the most urgent issues of our time, this was our unanimous winner.’

The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. There are five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winners chosen as Book of the Year, announced at an awards ceremony in London every January. Launched in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards, they became the Whitbread Book Awards in 1985, with Costa taking over in 2006.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Bart Van Es: Natasha Fairweather)