The 2009 Galaxy British Book Awards shortlist has been announced. Tom Rob Smith is in the running not only for Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year but also Waterstones New Writer of the Year with his novel Child 44. Elizabeth Noble's Things I Want my Daughters to Know and Marian Keyes' This Charming Man have both been shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Popular Fiction Award. Elizabeth Winthrop's December has also been nominated for the prestigious Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year.
There will be a mobile download and voting service for the shortlisted books. The service will allow consumers to download sample first chapters for all shortlisted books for free and to vote for each category via their mobile phone.
The Galaxy Book of the Year will be declared during the week beginning 30 March 2009.
Elizabeth Winthrop is represented on behalf of ICM Books Ltd.