Book rivals battle once more

Hilary Mantel and Will Self will battle it out for another literary prize six months after Mantel beat Self to the Man Booker Prize.

The pair are shortlisted in the literature category at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards along with Kerry Hudson’s debut novel Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma.

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The nominees also include a nod to the 2012 London games with the Olympic Velodrome and Thomas Heatherwick’s cauldron, that had pride of place in the Olympic Stadium, both nominated in the visual arts category along with losing Turner Prize nominee Paul Noble.

South Bank Show presenter Melvyn Bragg will host the awards on Tuesday March 12.