JK Rowling’s fifth Harry Potter book has been shortlisted for the adult fiction prize at this year’s WHSmith Book Awards.
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix will compete with best-sellers by Ian Rankin, James Herbert and Colum McCann.
It is also up against Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time, a book published simultaneously for children and adults, which recently scooped the Whitbread Best Novel award.
Rowling has previously won the WHSmith Children’s Book of the Year but has never been considered for the adult award before.
The WHSmith Book Awards are known as the “People’s Choice” because they are decided by public vote.
Paul Burrell’s tell-all book about the Princess of Wales, A Royal Duty, is in the running for best biography/autobiography, competing with Randy Taraborelli’s study of Michael Jackson.
David Beckham’s autobiography My Side failed to make it onto the shortlist.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on March 16 in London.
Journalist Martin Bashir headed the shortlist judging panel, which also included the Duchess of York, Linda Barker, Robson Green and Janet Street-Porter.
Shortlist for the WHSmith Book Awards:
::The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Mark Haddon
:: Dancer, Colum McCann
:: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling
:: Nobody True, James Herbert
:: A Question of Blood, Ian Rankin
:: Brick Lane, Monica Ali
:: Elegance, Kathleen Tessaro
:: Starter For Ten, David Nicholls
:: Stripped Bare, Lowri Turner
:: Tietam Brown, Mick Foley
:: The Delia Collection, Chocolate/Soup/Fish/Chicken, Delia Smith
:: How Clean Is Your House?, Kim and Aggy
:: How to be Gardener, Book 2, Alan Titchmarsh
:: The Million Pound Property Experiment, Colin McAllister & Justin Ryan
:: Wild Down Under, Neil Nightingale
:: According to The Rolling Stones, Jagger; Richards; Watts; Wood
:: Forever Young, Jimmy Young
:: Michael Jackson: The Magic & the Madness, Randy Taraborelli
:: A Royal Duty, Paul Burrell
:: Toast, Nigel Slater
:: Everest, Stephen Venables
:: It’s not about the Tapas, Polly Evans
:: Swahili for the Broken-Hearted, Peter Moore
:: The Teatime Islands, Ben Fogel
:: Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered, Geoff Dyer
:: Branded, Alissa Quart
:: Go: an airline adventure, Barbara Cassani
:: Good Business, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
:: Life Lessons from History’s Heroes, Anthony Jackson
:: The Seven-Day Weekend, Ricardo Semler
:: Corsets to Camouflage, Kate Adie
:: Dude, Where’s My Country?, Michael Moore
:: Empire, Niall Ferguson
:: A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
:: Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII, David Starkey
:: The Amulet of Samarkand, Jonathan Stroud
:: Pirates!, Celia Rees
:: Predator’s Gold, Philip Reeve
:: Stravaganza: City of Stars, Mary Hoffman
:: The Wee Free Men, Terry Pratchett