30 from 30

What is the 30 from 30 award?

For 30 years the British Book Awards have celebrated and rewarded everything that is good about British publishing through its big, successful and prize-winning books. This is an opportunity to relive a few memories of these past three decades to cherish, the books, authors, illustrators, agents and publishers that brought them to market, and the booksellers and librarians that sought out readers for them. This is our way of acknowledging the wider import of these titles, many of which launched careers, defined genres, or simply enabled their publishers to breathe again.

The Bookseller now invites readers and the trade to share their memories of these books, make the case for titles to make it through to the next round, and suggest wildcard entries. A shortlist of ten will be announced in March. The winning author will be invited to the British Book Awards on 18th May to pick up their prize.

Which 10 books would make up your shortlist?

Vote below, tweet using #30from30 or email 30from30@thebookseller.com and share your memories of the longlist.                                

The Longlist

  • A Year in Provence
    Peter Mayle
  • Delia Smith's Christmas
  • Wild Swans
    Jung Chang
  • The Art Book
  • Longitude
    Dava Sobel
  • Northern Lights
    Philip Pullman
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
    J.K. Rowling
  • Bridget Jones's Diary
    Helen Fielding
  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin
    Louis de Bernieres
  • The Illustrated Mum
    Jacqueline Wilson
  • Sahara
    Michael Palin
  • Brick Lane
    Monica Ali
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
    Mark Haddon
  • The Lovely Bones
    Alice Sebold
  • The Da Vinci Code
    Dan Brown
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns
    Khaled Hosseini
  • Breaking Dawn
    Stephenie Meyer
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Stieg Larsson
  • The Gruffalo's Child
    Julia Donaldson
  • The Sound of Laughter
    Peter Kay
  • White Teeth
    Zadie Smith
  • Dreams From My Father
    Barack Obama
  • Wolf Hall
    Hilary Mantel
  • One Day
    David Nicholls
  • How to Be a Woman
    Caitlin Moran
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
    Gail Honeyman
  • Normal People
    Sally Rooney
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
    EL James
  • The Lost Words: A Spell Book
    Robert McFarlane
  • 5 Ingredients
    Jamie Oliver

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