On behalf of the trustees of the award I would like to welcome you and say that we are looking forward to receiving your entries for the 2014 awards.
The closing date is 21 November 2014 and the shortlist will be announced in mid December. The addresses to send your entries to can be found under Entry Details.
This year we are delighted to welcome Annie Bell as the assessor for the food books. Annie Bell began her career as a chef before becoming a full-time cookery writer and author. She spent several years as cookery writer for Vogue, then as food writer on The Independent. She has been principal cookery writer on The Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine, and she was the winner of the Guild of Food Writers' Cookery Writer of the Year Award in 2003.
Celebrated novelist and ex-lexicographer Julian Barnes will be judging the books about drink this year. His recent publications include The Sense of an Ending (winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize), Through the Window: Seventeen Essays (and One Short Story), and Levels of Life. In France, he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Médicis and the Prix Fémina, and in 2004 he became a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He is famously devoted to wine.
By inviting entries earlier in the year we will hopefully make it possible for the publishers to submit books as they are published, which will enable the trustees and assessors to have more time to read and consider the books. Do try to get your entries in as soon as possible.
If you have any queries please contact Katie Lander the organiser at Katie@andresimon.co.uk who will be able to help you.
We look forward to receiving the books for the 2014 awards.
THE WORLD OF SICILIAN WINE
by Bill Nesto & Frances Di Savino published by University of California Press
The John Avery award:
SIMON HOPKINSON COOKS
by Simon Hopkinson published by Ebury Press
by Maria Elia published by Kyle Books