The nominees for the British Fantasy Awards, now in their 43rd year, were announced this week. The full list of shortlisted writers can be read here, but Best Fantasy Novel will be contested by KT Davies for Breed and Neil Williamson for The Moon King, among others; the Best Comic/ Graphic Novel shortlist includes Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples for the already multi-award-winning series Saga, Bryan Lee O’Malley (Seconds), duo Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (The Wicked + The Divine) and Bryan Talbot (Grandville Noel); while Best Horror Novel could go to M. R. Carey for The Girl with All the Gifts, Emily St John Mandel for Station Eleven, Gary McMahon for The End, Rich Hawkins for The Last Plague, Alison Littlewood for The Unquiet House or Adam Nevill for No One Gets Out Alive.
In other book news:
Details of the forthcoming new Millennium series title have now emerged. The Girl in the Spider’s Web, David Lagercrantz’s official sequel to Steig Larsson’s best-selling series, will follow Mikael Blomkvist as he is contacted by Professor Balder, a Swedish scientist working with Lisbeth Salander, who has landed herself in trouble trying to hack America’s NSA.
E. L. Doctorow, the award-winning American novelist, died at the age of 84 this week. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award and the National Humanities Medal, Doctorow was a distinguished figure in U.S. literature, with a varied breadth of fiction writing to his name, having published The Book of Daniel, The March and Ragtime.
Go Set a Watchman has proven a bonafide success for Waterstones since its release, with 50,000 copies sold, making it a book’s biggest first week sale since Harry Potter. Waterstones stores across the country will be hosting Watchman reading groups to continue to market the book in expectation of an even higher number of sales.
In the Harry Potter world of sports, the first ever real-life Quidditch European cup has been won by France, after beating favourites Great Britain to the title. The tournament was held in Italy, with a modified game (no flying broomsticks, obviously) of seven players per national squad.