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BA book prize lists 20

Twenty adult's and children's books have been picked by indies for the Booksellers Association's Independent Booksellers Book Prize 2008.

Two shortlists, one for adults and one for children, were created according to votes cast by the independent members of the BA. Indies will be sent a point of sale pack next month containing posters and voting postcards. Customers can vote for their favourite books by returning the postcard to their local indie.

The deadline for entries is 24th October and the winner will be announced on 31st October.

Irène Némirovsky's Suite Française (Chatto) won the adult prize last year. The children's award went to Michael Morpurgo for his book Alone on a Wide Wide Sea (HarperCollins).

The shortlists:
 
Adult

The Gathering Anne Enright (Vintage)
A History of Modern Britain Andrew Marr (Pan)
I Before E (Except After C): Old-School Ways to Remember Stuff Judy Parkinson (Michael O'Mara)
Mister Pip Lloyd Jones (John Murray)
Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters Charlotte Mosley (HarperPerennial)
Notes from an Exhibition Patrick Gale (HarperCollins)
Spilling the Beans Clarissa Dickson-Wright (Hodder)
The Uncommon Reader Alan Bennett (Profile)
The Wild Places Robert Macfarlane (Granta)
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher Kate Summerscale (Bloomsbury)
 
Children

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J K Rowling (Bloomsbury)
Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman Francesca Simon (Orion)
Hurricane Gold: Young Bond Charlie Higson (Puffin)
I'm Really Ever So Not Well: Charlie & Lola Lauren Child (Puffin)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick (Scholastic)
Mr Gum and the Power Crystals Andy Stanton/David Tazzyman (Egmont)
Paddington Here and Now Michael Bond (HarperCollins)
Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire Derek Landy (HarperCollins)
The Sleepwalker: (CHERUB) Robert Muchamore (Hodder)
Snakehead Anthony Horowitz (Walker)