Obama, Walters, French and O'Grady among the 2009 Nibbie contenders

Liz Thomson
News - Prizes 10 Mar 2009

President Barack Obama has been nominated in two categories of the Galaxy British Book Awards, known as the Nibbies - Borders Author of the Year and Tesco Biography of the Year, where he may be surprised to find himself competing against Dawn French and Paul O'Grady. President Clinton carried off a Nibbie for his memoirs in 2005. This year's finalists also include nine literary prizewinners, with Borders Author of the Year a notably strong category. Among the non-fiction nominees is Niall Ferguson's The Ascent of Money , a book which tries to explain the world's current predicament and which, with 75,000 copies sold in hardback,is the all-time Penguin Press/Allen Lane bestseller. The 2009 Galaxy British Book Awards, organised by Publishing News Ltd, take place at the Grosvenor House on Friday 3 April and will once again be filmed by Cactus TV and hosted by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. The ceremony will be broadcast on Watch on Sunday 5 April. For the first time, readers will be able to access a free mobile download and voting service from ICUE, enabling members of the public to read the first chapter of each of the shortlisted books and vote in all eight categories using their mobile phone. As ever, voters can visit the awards website www.galaxybritishbookawards.com to register their choice. The Galaxy Book of the Year will be selected on the night from among the winners.  

Borders Author of the Year

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Atlantic Books)
Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill (Granta Books)
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (Faber & Faber)
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Atom)
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (Canongate)
The Road Home by Rose Tremain (Vintage)
Tesco Biography of the Year

At My Mother's Knee and Other Low Joints by Paul O'Grady (Bantam Press)
Coming Back to Me by Marcus Trescothick (HarperSport)
Dear Fatty by Dawn French (Century)
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama (Canongate)
Miracles of Life by J G Ballard (Fourth Estate)
That's Another Story by Julie Walters (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year

The Business by Martina Cole (Headline)
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (Simon & Schuster)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (MacLehose Press)
No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay (Orion)
Revelation by C J Sansom (Pan)
When Will There Be Good News? By Kate Atkinson (Doubleday)
Waterstone's Newcomer of the Year

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (Simon & Schuster)
Inside the Whale by Jennie Rooney (Vintage)
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (Sceptre)
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama (Abacus)
Mudbound by Hilary Jordan (Windmill)
One of Us by Melissa Benn (Vintage)
Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award

Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins)
Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks (Michael Joseph)
The Outcast by Sadie Jones (Vintage)
Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern (Harper)
Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble (Penguin)
This Charming Man by Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)
Play.com Popular Non-Fiction Award

The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson (Penguin Prss/Allen Lane)
Call The Midwife by Jennifer Worth (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr (Pan)
The Mighty Book of Boosh by Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt (Canongate)
Stephen Fry in America by Stephen Fry (HarperCollins)
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale (Bloomsbury)
Richard & Judy's Best Read of the Year

The Bolter by Frances Osborne (Virago)
The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman (Sphere)
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (Atlantic)
December by Elizabeth H Winthrop (Sceptre)
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (Canongate)
The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite by Beatrice Colin (John Murray)
Netherland by Joseph O'Neill (Fourth Estate)
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (Doubleday)
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale (Bloomsbury)
When Will There Be Good News? By Kate Atkinson (Doubleday)
WHSmith Children's Book of the Year

Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman, illus Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)
Horrid Henry Robs the Bank by Francesca Simon (Orion Children's Books)
Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic)
Artemis Fowl & the Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer (Puffin)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J K Rowling (Bloomsbury)
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Atom)

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