About The British Book Awards

The British Book Awards 2017 highlights

The British Book Awards: a photo history

The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, is the definitive event for honouring the commercial successes of publishers, authors and bookshops. It succeeds 2016’s British Book Industry Awards.

The Nibbies brings together books of the year with trade accolades such as publisher of the year and book retailer of the year. There are six individual books of the year awards: children’s; debut fiction; fiction; non fiction – lifestyle; non-fiction – narrative and crime & thriller. An overall book of the year is then chosen from the individual winners.

The idea behind the books of the year is to celebrate the whole journey from the author’s mind to the reader’s hand, and showcase the range and depth of modern publishing. It’s about the story itself, but also the way that the publishing contributes both to the story telling and to finding an audience.

The original Nibbies was launched in 1990 by Fred Newman, founder and editor of Publishing News. In 2017, The Bookseller acquired the Nibbies and it now organises the annual awards alongside its magazine, online and conference business.

There have been many notable winners over the years. Faber was the first publisher of the year in 1990 and in 2016 the honour went to Transworld. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince scooped book of the year in 2006 and in 2015 a resurgent Waterstones was named book retailer of the year.

Where & When


Table of 10 Subscriber Non-subscriber
Super Early Bird (Until 16th Feb) £1,910 £2,210
Early Bird (Until 31st March) £2,010 £2,310
Full price £2,310 £2,610
Individual tickets Subscriber Non-subscriber
Super Early Bird (Until 16th Feb) £230 £245
Early Bird (Until 31st March) £240 £255
Full price £270 £285

Includes sparkling reception on arrival, the awards ceremony, a three-course dinner and after-party

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Monday 8th May 2017

Dress code: Black tie

Grosvenor House
86-90 Park Lane,

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