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My Christmas picks: Kate Mosse

The Citadel author and co-founder of the Orange Prize remembers a special booky gift

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My Christmas Picks: Samit Basu

The colummnist, screenwriter and novelist plans to introduce his friends to Aaronovitch

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The National Book awards: The Winners

The 'Oscars of the literary world' saw wins for E L James, Clare Balding and David Walliams

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Maeve Binchy honoured at Irish Book Awards

Votes now open for Book of the Year

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Hilary Mantel on Costa shortlist

Hilary Mantel, James Meek, Stephen May and graphic novelist Joff Winterhart are all up for Costa's Novel of the Year prize

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Bad Sex for Tom Wolfe and Nicola Barker

J K Rowling misses out on this year's "most dreaded" literary prize

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Shipstead sails off with Dylan Thomas Prize

Twenty-eight year old author wins with Shipping Arrangements

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Waterstones picks its top six

The book chain has revealed the shortlist for its book of the year - and we've featured (nearly) all of them

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Keen knitters wanted

Fans of Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child are invited to knit up some mittens inspired by the book

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Gruffalo artist gets festive for Royal Mail

Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler has designed this year's Christmas stamps

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