Waris Dirie, author of Desert Flower is awarded the Chevalier de la Légion dCHonneur by French Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy. Michele Hanson’s Living with Mother wins The Mind Book of the Year.
Linda Grant is shortlisted for Man Booker for The Clothes on their Backs (two years earlier she won the Lettre Ulysses Award for literary reportage for The People on the Street and in 2009 she wins The South Bank Award for Literature).
In 2008, Stella Duffy wins the prestigious Stonewall Writer of the Year award for The Room of Lost Things. Two years later she wins the award again for Theodora.
Marilynne Robinson wins the Orange Prize for Home.
Frances Osborne’s The Bolter hits Number One in the non-fiction spot. Lisa Appignanesi’s Mad, Bad and Sad, shortlisted for four other non-fiction awards, wins the Medical Journalists Award and Susie Boyt is shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize for her memoir for My Judy Garland Life.