2018 shortlists

2018 Books of the Year

  • Debut Book of the Year

    Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Viking)
    Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber)
    My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (4th Estate)
    Sirens by Joseph Knox (Doubleday)
    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperFiction)
    Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims (HarperNonFiction)

  • Children's Book of the Year

    Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (Particular Books)
    La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman (David Fickling Books in association with Penguin Random House Children's)
    The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton)
    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)
    Oi Cat! by Kes Gray (Hodder Children's Books)
    Bad Dad by David Walliams (HarperCollins Children's Books)

  • Fiction: Crime & Thriller Book of the Year

    The Girl Before by J P Delaney (Quercus)
    The Midnight Line by Lee Child (Bantam Press)
    The Dry by Jane Harper (Abacus)
    Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (HarperFiction)
    Spook Street by Mick Herron (John Murray)
    He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly (Mulholland)



  • Fiction Book of the Year

    The Break by Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)
    Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore (Hutchinson/ Windmill)
    Winter by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
    How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (Canongate)
    Reservoir 13 Jon McGregor (4th Estate)
    City of Friends Joanna Trollope (Mantle)

  • Non-fiction: Lifestyle Book of the Year


    5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph)
    The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to be Calm in a Busy World by Haemin Sunim (Penguin Life)
    The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, stories & 100 essential recipes for midwinter by Nigel Slater (4th Estate)
    Cooking for Family and Friends by Joe Wicks (Bluebird)
    Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions by Russell Brand (Bluebird)
    Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect by Fearne Cotton (Orion Spring)

  • Non-fiction: Narrative Book of the Year

    Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space by Tim Peake (Century)
    Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Bloomsbury Circus)
    The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young (Faber & Faber)
    I AM, I AM, I AM: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell (Tinder Press)
    What Does This Button Do? by Bruce Dickinson (HarperNonFiction)
    This is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay (Picador)

  • AudioBook of the Year
    Sponsored by Audible


    La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman, narrated by Michael Sheen
    How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb
    Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith
    Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Stephen Fry 
    Eleanor Oliphant  by Gail Honeyman, Narrated by Cathleen McCarron
    The Girl Before by J P Delaney, narrated by Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen

Read the stories behind the Books of the Year here.

2018 Great People

  • Editor of the Year

    David Fickling, David Fickling Books 
    Katie Cotton, The Quarto Group
    Simon Prosser, Penguin Random House 
    Francis Bickmore, Canongate 
    Laura Hassan, Faber & Faber 
    Helen Garnons-Williams, HarperCollins UK 
    Frankie Gray, Transworld 
    Jack Fogg, HarperCollins 

  • Literary Agent of the Year

    Madeleine Milburn, Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency 
    Stephanie Thwaites, Curtis Brown 
    Sheila Crowley, Curtis Brown 
    David Luxton, David Luxton Associates 
    Sue Armstrong, C+W
    Nelle Andrew, PFD 

  • Rights Professional of the Year
    Sponsored by Frankfurt Book Fair

    Stephanie Purcell, Simon & Schuster 
    Karine Marko, The Quarto Group 
    Amy Joyner, Kogan Page 
    Andrea Joyce, Canongate 
    Ola Gotkowska, Nosy Crow 
    Andrew Sharp, Hachette Children's Group 
    Elinor Bagenal, Chicken House 
    Jason Bartholomew, Hodder & Stoughton 

  • Individual Bookseller of the Year
    Sponsored by HarperCollins

    Greig Watt, Blackwell's 
    Rik Kennedy, WHSmith Travel 
    Sally Pattle, Far From The Madding Crowd 
    Billy Frederick Kenneth Howorth, Carnforth Bookshop 
    Kurde Atfield, Waterstones 
    Tony West, The Alligator's Mouth 


  • Marketing Strategy of the Year
    Sponsored by Nielsen Book Services

    The Dry by Jane Harper, Little, Brown Book Group 
    Eskiboy by Wiley, Cornerstone
    Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, Penguin Press
    The Girls by Emma Cline, Vintage Books 
    World Book Day 2017: 20th Anniversary Campaign 
    Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims, HarperNonFiction
    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, HarperFiction
    A Column of Fire by Ken Follett, Pan Macmillan 

  • Publicity Campaign of the Year
    with the PPC

    Angela McMahon for Ian Rankin's Rebus 30 (Orion)
    Rebecca Thorne for Reni Eddo-Lodge's Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Bloomsbury)
    Dusty Miller for Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor (Pan Macmillan)
    Katy MacMillan-Scott, Laura Curtis, Adele Minchin, and  Alice Broderick and Harriet Venn for Philip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One (Riot Communications and Penguin Random House Children's)
    Polly Osborn for Adrian Newey's How to Build a Car (HarperNonFiction)
    Rosi Crawley and Emma Draude for Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give (Walker Books)

  • Independent Publisher of the Year
    Sponsored by Firsty Group

    Hardie Grant Publishing
    Quiller Publishing
    Nosy Crow
    Faber & Faber
    Scribe UK
    Short Books

  • Imprint of the Year
    Sponsored by Clays

    Penguin Random House Audio
    Hamish Hamilton
    Blink Publishing
    4th Estate

  • Children's Publisher of the Year
    Sponsored by Tesco

    Bloomsbury Children's Books
    Usborne Publishing
    Walker Books
    Nosy Crow
    Hachette Children's Group
    HarperCollins Children's Books

  • Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year

    Emerald Publishing
    Kogan Page 
    Bloomsbury Publishing
    Maths - No Problem!
    SAGE Publishing
    PG Online 
    Edward Elgar Publishing
    Edinburgh University Press

  • Publisher of the Year
    Sponsored by Bertram Books

    Penguin General
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Hodder & Stoughton
    Pan Macmillan

2018 Bringing Books to Readers

  • Independent Bookshop of the Year
    Sponsored by Gardners

    Woodbine Books, Ireland
    Pages of Hackney, London
    The Book Hive, East England
    The Edinburgh Bookshop, Scotland
    Westbourne Bookshop, South-West England
    Red Lion Books, South-East England
    DRAKE - The Bookshop, North England
    Five Leaves Bookshop, Midlands and Wales

  • Children's Bookseller of the Year
    Sponsored by Macmillan Children's Books

    Book People
    The Book Nook
    Golden Hare Books
    The Edinburgh Bookshop
    The Alligator's Mouth

  • Book Retailer of the Year
    Sponsored by Bonnier Publishing

    WHSmith Travel