In the week I’ve just heard that Dead Like You is No 1 again in paperback fiction, meaning it will now have spent 4 weeks at No 1 in the UK this year (!!), I’ve also learned the book has been shortlisted for the 2010 Galaxy Book Awards, under the “Popular Fiction” section. The full details are below.

“The 2010 Galaxy National Book Awards shortlists are announced today (October 28th 2010) with some of the nation’s favourite writers pitted against each other in battles for the ‘Oscars of the publishing industry’.

Tony Blair, Chris Mullin, Stephen Fry and Sir Alan Sugar are among those vying for the top slot in the autobiographies category while Jamie Oliver is up against Nigel Slater and Nigella Lawson for the food and drink book of the year.

Many of the books shortlisted – including titles by Bill Bryson, Jilly Cooper, Peter James, Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel – have spent weeks in this year’s best-seller charts.

The Awards showcase the best of British publishing, celebrating books with wide popular appeal, critical acclaim and commercial success. The Awards are designed to recognise the very best in popular fiction and non-fiction from British writers published during 2010. There are eight categories including biographies, food and drink, children’s books, UK author of the year, international author of the year and new writer of the year.

Crime fiction is well represented on the popular fiction shortlist by Worth Dying For (Lee Child), Dead Like You (Peter James) while debut writer Simon Lelic’s Rupture is shortlisted in the new writers category.”

You can read the full press release at