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william-hill-logo.pngWe’re very excited to hear the news that 32 Programmes by Dave Roberts has been shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2011.

The winner of the biggest sports book prize of the year will be announced at a lunchtime reception at Waterstone’s Piccadilly on Monday 28th November.  As well as a £23,000 cash prize, the winning author will receive a £2,000 William Hill bet, a hand-bound copy of their book, and a day at the races.

 The other five shortlisted titles are:

Among The Fans: From Ashes to the Arrows, a Year of Watching the Watchers by Patrick Collins (Wisden Sports Writing)
Into The Arena: The World of the Spanish Bullfight by Alexander Fiske-Harrison (Profile Books)
The Ghost Runner: The Tragedy of the Man They Couldn’t Stop by Bill Jones (Mainstream Publishing)
Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson by Paul Kimmage (Simon & Schuster)
Racing Through The Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar by David Millar (Orion)�
A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke by Ronald Reng (Yellow Jersey Press)

This year’s judging panel consists of broadcaster and writer John Inverdale; award-winning journalist Hugh McIlvanney; broadcaster Danny Kelly; and columnist and author, Alyson Rudd. Chairman of the judging panel is John Gaustad, co-creator of the award and founder of the Sportspages bookshop.

32 Programmes by Dave Roberts
When Dave Roberts relocates to the USA, his wife informs him that they can only take what is ‘absolutely essential’. Dave is aghast to be informed that his collection of 1134 football programmes does not fall into that category. 32 Programmes tells the story of how Dave whittled down his treasured archive to just 32, and how the process brought back the sights, sounds and smells of those 1134 matches and with it, a flood of nostalgia for simpler times.
32 Programmes by Dave Roberts
32 Programmes is the story of youthful football obsession, crushes on disinterested girls, rubbish jobs and trying to impress skinheads. But most of all, it is the story of a man’s life and loves.

Dave Roberts has been a bike courier, security guard, Civil Servant, KFC chef and a train driver – all before reaching the age of twenty. After that, he settled for a career in advertising, which was eventually cut short by illness, but not before accidentally winning a Silver Lion at Cannes. He now writes books, which all seem to have a theme in common: obsession.

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Happy publication day to Marcia Willett!
by Elizabeth on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:53 am
Categories: Competitions

The Christmas Angel is published in hardback today, a tender story of family relationships, old ties, new loves and finding somewhere to belong. To celebrate, we are giving away 5 copies of this wonderful book to really get you in the Christmas spirit… after all, there are only 58 days to go!

There are two ways to win…

1. tweet THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL to @EKSwain and @transworldbooks

2. post THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL on the wall of The Page Turners Facebook Page 

The winners will be chosen at random and notified by Friday 4th November, when this competition will close.

Good luck!


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Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2011Five titles published by Transworld Ireland have been included in the Irish Book Awards shortlist, officially announced in Dublin today.

Patricia Scanlan’s Love and Marriage, described by some as ‘her best book to date’, has been shortlisted for the Eason Popular Fiction Book of the Year.

Broadcasting legend Joe Duffy has been shortlisted for the Argosy Nonfiction Book of the Year for his riveting and candid autobiography, Just Joe.

Also in the nonfiction category, Conor O’Clery has been shortlisted for his critically-acclaimed account of the bitter rivalry between Gorbachev and Yeltsin, Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union.

Donncha O’Callaghan, one of Ireland’s leading international rugby players and a stalwart of the Munster side, has been shortlisted for Sportsbook of the Year for his autobiography, Joking Apart.

And Nicolas Roche, a rising star of professional cycling and son of Irish and World Champion Stephen Roche, has been shortlisted for his autobiography, Inside the Peloton.

Winners will be announced on the night of November 17th, at a gala awards dinner at Dublin’s RDS. For the first time, the awards ceremony will be filmed for broadcast on RTÉ 1, further establishing the IBAs as the premier event in Ireland’s publishing calendar.

Love and Marriage by Patricia ScalanJust Joe by Joe DuffyMoscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union by Conor O’CleryJoking Apart by Donncha O’CallaghanInside the Peloton by Nicolas Roche

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Red carpet roll out for Michael Bublé
by Elizabeth on Oct 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Michael Bublé kicked off the publicity campaign for his illustrated memoir, On Stage, Off Stage, last week. A red carpet was rolled out at Waterstone’s Piccadilly for the crooner, where 400 people had camped out to get their book signed and a two-storey high projection of the cover was to be seen on the front of the store.

Michael also made an appearance at Tesco head office, charming staff and even giving an impromptu performance.

Jonathan Ross had Michael on his sofa on Saturday and interviews are still to come on This Morning, BBC Breakfast, Magic, Heart and plenty of print interviews too.

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SJ Watson wins the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger
by Kate on Oct 10, 2011 at 11:02 am

The Grosvenor House Hotel was the spectatcular venue for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards on Friday 7th October. As a celebration of all things criminal in literature, TV and film, the hotly contended CWA thriller awards for the Gold Dagger, Steel Dagger and John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger were announced.

We were delighted to see the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger awarded to SJ Watson, naming him the best new crime author of the year for Before I Go To Sleep.

newblooddaggerwinsticker1-copy.jpgSJ Watson said he was “stunned and delighted” to win the prize. “It was such an honour to have been shortlisted for the John Creasey Dagger, but to have actually won, especially when up against such fine books, is incredible,” he said. Judges chaired by the crime writer Danuta Reah chose Before I Go To Sleep over three other shortlisted titles, calling it “a powerful and compelling suspense novel that explores the intricacies of the human mind”.

The shortlisted titles for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger were:

  • Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson
  • The Dogs of Rome by Conor Fitxgerald
  • Kiss Me Quick by Danny Miller
  • The Dead Women of Juarez by Sam Hawken
  • To catch all of the awards in action, they will be televised in the UK on Tuesday 11 October at 9pm on ITV3
    SJ Watson in the spotlight afetr winning the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger

    SJ Watson in the spotlight after winning the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger

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    SAM KEAN has made it onto the shortlist for the The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books this year for his book THE DISAPPEARING SPOON.

    The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books judges have chosen a shortlist of six books that they describe as having taken them out of their depth and giving them thrilling new experiences of the world of science.  The shortlist is composed of: 

    • The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean (Black Swan – Transworld Publishers)
    • Alex’s Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos (Bloomsbury)
    • Through the Language Glass: How Words Colour Your World by Guy Deutscher (William Heinemann)
    • The Wavewatcher’s Companion by Gavin Pretor-Pinney (Bloomsbury)
    • Massive: The Missing Particle That Sparked the Greatest Hunt in Science by Ian Sample (Basic Books)
    • The Rough Guide to The Future by Jon Turney (Rough Guides)

    The Disappearing Spoon by Sam KeanThe judges said of THE DISAPPEARING SPOON:  “This is much more than just a witty guide to the periodic table – it gives a fascinating insight into the history of the elements, how they were discovered, and the extraordinary part they play in our lives.”

    Richard Holmes, Chair of the judges, said: “We judges, both scientists and non-scientists alike, found that we were frequently exploring unfamiliar territory with these books, and we loved every moment of it. We encountered that special thrill of being constantly swept slightly out of our depth.  But we quickly lost our nervousness of subjects that were so eloquently and clearly explained, finding the experience intensely rewarding and eye-opening. We urge all readers to take that one step away from the shore, and dive into the thrilling and extraordinary world of science.”

    All of the authors on this year’s shortlist are new to the prize.

    The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Society on 17th November 2011 and awarded £10,000. The authors of each shortlisted book will receive £1000.

    The judges on this year’s judging panel are Richard Holmes, biographer and previous winner of the prize; Professor Jenny Clack FRS, Professor and Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology; Robert Llewellyn, writer, actor and TV presenter and Professor Cait MacPhee, Professor of Biological Physics.

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