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  • Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Daisy Johnson is joining fellow authors Cynan Jones and Richard Beard to judge the £15,000 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA). Books editor at BBC Radio Di Speirs and broadcaster Nikki Bedi will also judge the 14th year of the awards. Jones won the award in 2017, while Johnson became the youngest ever author to be shortlisted for the Man Booker earlier this year for Everything Under (Jonathan Cape). More information here

  • New York, NY (January 22, 2019)—Today the NBCC announced its 31 finalists in six categories––autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry––for the outstanding books of 2018. Of note: There are six finalists instead of five this year in autobiography, proving a strong year in the category. Full announcement here

  • Biographies by popular critic and satirist Craig Brown and award-winning author Jonathan Eig join the latest books by American academic Maya Jasanoff and acclaimed writer Richard Beard in the shortlist for the £10,000 biography prize. Full announcement here.  

  • Richard Lloyd Parry’s definitive book on the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Richard Beard’s memoir of exceptional power about loss, carrying on, and recovering a brother’s life, and Xiaolu Guo’s acutely observed account of growing up in China, each, in very different ways, triumphantly affirm the unique role creative non-fiction plays in making sense of our complex world. Full announcement here.

  • The Day That Went Missing has been chosen as a Book of the Year 2017 in the Sunday Times, the New Statesman, the Irish Times (International Non-fiction Book of the Year), the Evening Standard, the Tablet and the Times Higher Education Supplement. Extracts and links: '... more than just a study on grief, exploring memory and the savagery of the stiff upper lip. No book has moved me more this year.' Rosamund Urwin, Evening Standard 'A study in bereavement, it is very much more than that: an interrogation of memory, of the English class system, of the limits of language. It also features a surprising amount of cricket. I read nothing this year that I admired quite as much.' Tom Holland, New

  • 'The Sunday Times Literary Editor Andrew Holgate joins the author to discuss The Day That Went Missing, a heart-rending memoir about a life unspoken after the sudden death of Richard’s younger brother and how he is beginning to make sense of it all.' I'm at Cheltenham for the fantastically titled Sunday Times Must Read event on the afternoon of 12 October 2017. All the details, venue and tickets, are here.

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