Longlists announced for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2013

5th November – Carnegie Longlist

The longlists for two of the most prestigious prizes in writing and illustrating for children were announced on 5th November. Awarded annually by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, the CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people, while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

The longlist for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 includes Anne Fine, who would be the first ever author to win the CILIP Carnegie Medal three times if Trouble in Toadpool triumphs. She is joined on the longlist by previous winners Melvin Burgess, Frank Cottrell Boyce, David Almond, Philip Reeve, Theresa Breslin, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Robert Swindells and Aidan Chambers who, if they win again, will join a seven-strong group of authors have been awarded the Medal twice – including last year’s winner, Patrick Ness. The 2013 longlist also includes a rare double nomination – for Sally Gardner’s Maggot Moon and The Double Shadow. Winners of the CILIP Carnegie Medal over the past eight decades reads like a who’s who of the best children’s writers in the past century including Meg Rosoff, Neil Gaiman, C.S. Lewis, Philip Pullman and Geraldine McCaughrean. (taken from the awards website)

There is some exciting reading on this longlist.  I can thoroughly recommend “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio and “15 Days without a Head” by Dave Cousins.


Man Booker Shortlist Reading Challenge

The Man Booker Prize 2012  shortlist was announced on 11th September:

Tan Twan Eng                   The Garden of Evening Mists (Myrmidon Books)

Deborah Levy                    Swimming Home (And Other Stories / Faber & Faber)

Hilary Mantel                    Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)

Alison Moore                     The Lighthouse (Salt)

Will Self                              Umbrella (Bloomsbury)

Jeet Thayil                          Narcopolis (Faber & Faber)

The winning book will be announced on 16th October. The race is on to read these books before then. Ambitious? Definitely, considering the packed schedule at Wellington College but why not try reading one or two which particularly appeal to you. Join the discussion in the media and with your friends.

Keep up with the book talk:

If you would like to read one of the books immediately come to the Library and we can buy it on the kindle for you.


Discover a world of Foreign Fiction

“The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize is awarded annually to the best work of contemporary fiction in translation. The prize celebrates an exceptional work of fiction by a living author which has been translated into English from any other language and published in the UK. The prize uniquely acknowledges both the writer and translator equally.” (Book Trust)

Read this Passport to the shortlist and recommend  for purchase any you would like to read.


Orange Prize Shortlist 2012 Announced

Orange Prize Shortlist 2012

The UK’s only annual award for fiction written by women announced the shortlist today.

Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues Serpent’s Tail Canadian 2nd Novel
Anne Enright The Forgotten Waltz Jonathan Cape Irish 5th Novel
Georgina Harding Painter of Silence Bloomsbury British 3rd Novel
Madeline Miller The Song of Achilles Bloomsbury American 1st Novel
Cynthia Ozick Foreign Bodies Atlantic Books American 7th Novel
Ann Patchett State of Wonder Bloomsbury American 6th Novel

Ann Patchett,  won the Orange Prize for Fiction ten years ago for Bel Canto (2002). Bel Canto is a fantastic book – thoroughly recommended read.