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The shortlist for Wales Book of the Year 2020 – which is Wales’ national book prize celebrating our outstanding literary talent from across various genres in both English and Welsh – was revealed on BBC Radio Wales’ Gareth Lewis programme on 1st July.
The winners will be announced on the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show on Friday 31st July from 18:00 hrs BST. The Welsh-language winners will be announced in a series of programmes on BBC Radio Cymru from 30th July – 1st August as part of the Gŵyl AmGen festival of culture, in partnership with BBC Cymru Wales and the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
The 12 books nominated for this year’s English-language awards are:
Fur Coats in Tahiti, Jeremy Over (Carcanet)
Erato, Deryn Rees-Jones (Seren)
Footnotes to Water, Zoë Skoulding (Seren)
THE RHYS DAVIES TRUST FICTION AWARD
Dignity, Alys Conran (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Broken Ghost, Niall Griffiths (Jonathan Cape)
Stillicide, Cynan Jones (Granta)
Brando’s Bride, Sarah Broughton (Parthian)
Where There’s a Will, Emily Chappell (Profile Books)
On the Red Hill, Mike Parker (William Heinemann)
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
The Girl Who Speaks Bear, Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
Butterflies for Grandpa Joe, Nicola Davies (Barrington Stoke)
Max Kowalski didn’t mean it, Nicola Davies (Puffin)
The awards ceremony for the competition includes a people’s choice winner in both languages.