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Dawn in running for children's book prize


Dawn O'Porter. Photo: PA

Dawn O'Porter. Photo: PA

Dawn O'Porter. Photo: PA

Broadcaster Dawn O'Porter has been shortlisted for a prestigious children's book prize for her first novel.

The star, who is married to actor Chris O'Dowd, is best known for presenting a series of TV documentaries on subjects including dieting, dating and breast cancer.

Her book, Paper Aeroplanes, is one of 18 shortlisted in three categories for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

The story is about two school friends and is inspired by the presenter's teenage years growing up in Guernsey.

The prize has awards for the Best Picture Book, Best Fiction for five to 12-year-olds, and Best Book for Teens, with the three category winners competing to be named overall winner.

O'Porter, who changed her name from Porter after marrying the Irish star, is nominated in the teen category, alongside former model Holly Smale, who is nominated for her book, Geek Girl.


Among the writers shortlisted in the five to 12-year-old section are Brit School-educated performance poet Laura Dockrill and actress Emerald Fennell, whose roles include an appearance in Call The Midwife.

Piers Torday – son of late author Paul Torday – is nominated in the same category.

Waterstones MD James Daunt said:

"Our children's departments have always been the heart of our bookshops, for there, of course, book lovers are made."