The British Book Awards - You're All Invited
The annual celebration of the best books, bookshops and publishers will return on 29th June with a virtual ceremony.
The awards have moved from their original date of 18th May 2020 as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, which has disrupted many events and public gatherings.
Nigel Roby, chief executive and publisher of Bookseller Media which runs the annual event, said: “We have been able to assess how organisations like BAFTA have created compelling virtual awards and I am sure that we will have a format that is going to engage everyone from our fantastic shortlisted indie bookshops to our celebrated authors and to the book-buying public”.
The British Book Awards 2020, or Nibbies, represent the best of the book trade - the UK’s leading creative industry.
First launched in 1990 and now run by The Bookseller, the British Book Awards and its sister awards schemes – The British Book Award for Export and Library of the Year – showcase and celebrate the best books, the best bookshops and the best publishers.
The Nibbies are unique in recognising that a book’s success is not down to just one factor. It is the author’s creative genius, it is the publisher’s skill and support and it is the bookshop’s championing. The Nibbies’ Books of the Year are unapologetically about success but not ‘just’ who is top of the bestseller lists.
We want to find the best independent bookshops from rural Scotland to inner-city London. We celebrate the small presses that are such a vital part of the publishing ecosystem. We champion the best illustrators.
June Sarpong David Walliams Henry Firth and Ian Theasby
Books, Authors & Illustrators
Book of the Year - Audiobook
Book of the Year - Children's: Fiction
Book of the Year - Children's: Illustrated & Non-Fiction
Book of the Year - Fiction
Book of the Year - Fiction: Crime & Thriller
Book of the Year - Fiction: Début
Book of the Year - Non-fiction: Lifestyle
Book of the Year - Non-fiction: Narrative
Author of the Year
Illustrator of the Year
Best of the Nibbies - 30 Year Anniversary Award
Bookshops, Publishers & Agents
Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year
Book Retailer of the Year
Children's Bookseller of the Year
Children's Publisher of the Year
Editor of the Year
Imprint of the Year
Independent Bookshop of the Year
Independent Publisher of the Year
Literary Agent of the Year
Marketing Strategy of the Year
Publicity Campaign of the Year
Publisher of the Year
Rights Professional of the Year
Small Press of the Year
British Book Award for Export - Sales above £10 million
British Book Award for Export - Sales below £10 million
30 years of the Nibbies
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.
Ten titles on the shortlist were whittled down from 30 of the best and most iconic books to have picked up a Nibbie—from Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence (1990) to Normal People by Sally Rooney (2019)—and the 11th comes as a “wildcard” entry: a book that did not win a Nibbie in the year of its success, but perhaps ought to have.
2019 Awards list
Book of the Year - Audiobook - Becoming, Michelle Obama (Penguin Random House Audio)
Book of the Year - Children's: Fiction - The Ice Monster, David Walliams, illus. Tony Ross (HarperCollins Children's Books)
Book of the Year - Children's: Illustrated & Non-Fiction - You Are Awesome, Matthew Syed, illus. Toby Triumph (Wren & Rook)
Book of the Year - Fiction - Normal People, Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber)
Book of the Year - Fiction: Crime & Thriller - Our House, Louise Candlish (Simon & Schuster)
Book of the Year - Fiction: Début - Lullaby, Leila Slimani, trans. Sam Taylor (Simon & Schuster)
Book of the Year - Non-fiction: Lifestyle - Bosh!, Henry Firth & Ian Theasby (HQ)
Book of the Year - Non-fiction: Narrative - Becoming, Michelle Obama (Viking)
Author of the Year - Lee Child
Illustrator of the Year - Judith Kerr
Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year - Emerald Publishing
Book Retailer of the Year - WHSmith Travel
Children's Bookseller of the Year - Waterstones
Children's Publisher of the Year - Nosy Crow
Editor of the Year - Rebecca Hill, Usborne
Imprint of the Year - Picador
Independent Bookshop of the Year - Golden Hare Books
Independent Publisher of the Year - Faber & Faber
Individual Bookseller of the Year - Noor Hemani
Literary Agent of the Year - Cathryn Summerhayes, Curtis Brown
Marketing Strategy of the Year - Bosh!, HarperCollins
Publicity Campaign of the Year - The Mermaid & Mrs. Hancock, Louise Court & Lucie Cuthbertson-Twiggs, Harvill Secker
Publisher of the Year - Penguin General
Rights Professional of the Year - Andrew Sharp, Hachette Children's Group
Small Press of the Year - Wild Things Publishing
British Book Award for Export - Sales above £10 million - Walker Books
British Book Award for Export - Sales below £10 million - Collins Learning