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Cleese among book award nominees

Comics John Cleese and Paul Merton go head to head with former Cabinet minister Alan Johnson for the year's top memoir.

The trio line up against literary critic John Carey and Andrew Roberts's book about Napoleon for the autobiography/biography prize at the Specsavers National Book Awards to be staged later this year.

In other categories JK Rowling - writing as Robert Galbraith - is up for the best crime thriller, against Anthony Horowitz, Terry Hayes, Sophie Hannah and Lee Child for the awards on November 26.

Pioneering punk star Viv Albertine - a member of the all-girl act The Slits - sees her memoir Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys in the running for the best non-fiction award, against works by Bernard Cornwell and actress Rebecca Front.

David Walliams sees his latest book Awful Auntie up for the children's book prize, while Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry is in the food and drink book category for her latest production Mary Berry Cooks.

Ali Smith, Sarah Waters, David Nicholls, Rachel Royce and David Mitchell compete for the author of the year title. An overall book of the year will go on to be decided by the public which will be announced on December 26.

The shortlisted nominees are:

:: Crime/Thriller Book of the Year:

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah

Personal by Lee Child

:: Autobiography/Biography of the Year:

The Unexpected Professor by John Carey

So, Anyway... by John Cleese

Napoleon The Great by Andrew Roberts

Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton

Please, Mister Postman by Alan Johnson

:: Food & Drink Book of the Year:

The Art Of Eating Well by Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley

Mary Berry Cooks by Mary Berry

Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes by Tom Kerridge

Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi

River Cottage Light & Easy by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

:: Children's Book of the Year:

Animalium by Jenny Broom & Katie Scott

Archie Green And The Magician's Secret by D D Everest

Awful Auntie by David Walliams

Goth Girl And The Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Riddell

Minecraft: The Official Construction Handbook by Matthew Neeler and Phil Southam

:: Audiobook of the Year:

Awful Auntie by David Walliams

More Fool Me by Stephen Fry

Walking Home by Clare Balding

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Man At The Helm by Nina Stibbe

:: International Author of the Year:

The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

The Long Haul / Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

:: New Writer of the Year:

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

In The Light Of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman

Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Wake by Anna Hope

:: Popular Fiction Book of the Year:

The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran

Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse

Secrets Of The Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore

:: Non-fiction Book of the Year:

Curious by Rebecca Fron

How To Speak Money by John Lanchester

Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine

Waterloo: The History Of Four Days, Three Armies And Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell

:: UK Author of the Year:

How To Be Both by Ali Smith

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Us by David Nicholls

The Love Song Of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Royce

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

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