Hachette is leading The British Book Awards’ trade shortlists with 12 nominations followed by Penguin Random House with 11, with Hachette also managing hat-tricks in both the Imprint and Publisher of the Year categories.
Across the hotly contested Editor of the Year categories, seven of the eight are shortlisted for the first time with Canongate’s Francis Bickmore vying for the title for a second year with a strong showing from independent presses. He is joined by Louisa Joyner, of Faber, who navigated Anna Burns’ Man Booker-winning Milkman last year, two years after joining Faber. Alison Hennessey, of Bloomsbury crime imprint Raven Books, is nominated after steering authors Stuart Turton and Laura Purcell to sales success, along with Usborne’s Rebecca Hill, who published Will Hill’s After the Fire, winner of The Bookseller’s YA Book Prize. Meanwhile fellow indie editor Michael Schmidt is recognised for his work as founding Carcanet Press.
Jessie Botterill of Bookouture, having revived Betty Rowlands’ Melissa Craig books three decades after they were first published, along with Hachette stablemate Anna Valentine, the editor behind Orion’s biggest hits of 2018 including Noel Fitzpatrick’s Listening to the Animals and The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book. Finally Arabella Pike, publishing director of William Collins, completes the list with her 25-long career and a broad range of non-fiction in 2018.
Amongst the literary agent of the year category, Sophie Lambert of C&W is battling it out alongside Chris Wellbelove of Aitken Alexander Associates and Arabella Stein of The Bright Agency. Cathryn Summerhayes, of Curtis Brown, is also nominated as is Jo Unwin of the JULA agency.
Hachette has stacked up three shortlistings for Publisher category with John Murray Press, Little, Brown Book Group and Orion Publishing Group. Also competing are Bloomsbury, Bonnier Books UK and HarperCollins along with Penguin General and the sole indie offering, Bloomsbury.
Hachette is also well represented in the Imprint of the Year category with three nominations: Abacus in the Little, Brown Book Group, Trapeze of the Orion Publishing Group and Two Roads of John Murray Press. They are joined by Jonathan Cape along with PRH stablemate Viking, with HarperCollins’ HQ, while Pan Mac's Picador and Bonnier Books UK’s Zaffre also shortlisted.
In the Independent Publisher section, Faber is fighting it out with Canongate as well as Nosy Crow, Atlantic Books and some smaller indies: Cicerone Press, Elliott & Thompson, Hardie Grant UK and Wild Things Publishing.
Nosy Crow is also featured in the Children's Publisher of the Year along with fellow indies Usborne and Wonderbly. They are joined by DK, Scholastic, Hachette Children's Group, HarperCollins Children's Books and Macmillan Children's Books.
A mixture of independents and conglomerates are up for the Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year. Bloomsbury is nominated alongside Collins Learning and Jessica Kingsley Publishers. The five other entrants include Emerald Publishing, Historic Environment Scotland, Kogan Page and Rowman & Littlefield International along with SAGE Publishing.
Across the rights-selling area, Hachette is leading the way again with two entries: Krystyna Kujawinska from Orion and Andrew Sharp of Hachette Children's Group. Pippa Wright is flying the flag for PRH while Michele Young is representing Pan Mac. The Marsh Agency’s Camillia Ferrier is also featured in the eight-strong shortlist as is Meixia Wang of The Quarto Group, Amy Joyner from Kogan Page and Stephanie Purcel of S&S UK.
Across the retail categories, Waterstones has three nominations while W H Smith has two shortlistings –both its High Street and Travel arms are nominated for fighting for the Book Retailer of the Year. Blackwell’s is also competing in this section along fellow indie Daunt Books while Waterstones completes the list.
The chain is also featured in Individual Bookseller of the Year with Andrew Forster nominated. The rest of the category come entirely from indies: Aude Bolechala of Nomad Books, Joe Hedinger of The Book Hive, the Lighthouse Bookshop’s Noor Hemani, joined by Euan Hirst of Blackwell's and Jonathan Taylor from Golden Hare Books - this shop has three nominations across the awards altogther.
Golden Hare Books is also nominated for the independent bookshop category as is DRAKE - The Bookshop along with Five Leaves Bookshop, Newham Bookshop, Sevenoaks Bookshop and Niche Comics & Bookshop. Gullivers Bookshop is also competing with Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop completing the list.
For Children's Bookseller of the Year, Asda is the single supermarket competing, while Waterstones is also shortlisted. Other nominations come from Golden Hare Books, Hewson Books: The Kew Bookshop, Nomad Books, Norfolk Children's Book Centre, The Blessington Bookstore and The Edinburgh Bookshop.
Meanwhile for Publicity Campaign of the Year, PRH boasts three entries: Amelia Fairney and Poppy North, Viking, (for Becoming by Michelle Obama) and Maura Wilding & Harriet Venn, in the children’s division ( Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies curated by Scarlett Curtis). Louise Court and Lucie Cuthbertson Twiggs of Harvill Secker are also nominated (for Imogen Hermes Gowar’s The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock). Sophie Calder and Megan Carver, of HQ have been recognised for BOSH! by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby while Hannah Corbett secured a place for The Secret Barrister- Anonymous. Maria Garbutt-Lucero is the single independent shortlisting for her work at Faber on Normal People by Sally Rooney.
PRH has also earned a hat-trick for Marketing Strategy of the Year. Feminists Don't Wear Pink is featured again with Alesha Bonser, of the children’s division, nominated for her work on its campaign while Rebecca Ikin, of Cornerstone, is shortlisted for The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson. Meanwhile Transworlds Julia Teece and Ella Horne are up (for Jack Reacher 2018 by Lee Child). Two HarperCollins entries are featured with Joanna Rose, Jen Callahan-Packer, Jessica Htay, HarperCollins nominated for their work on BOSH!, along with Orlando Mowbray for First Man In: Leading From the Front by Ant Middleton.
Dan Groenewald of Head of Zeus is vying alongside them (for The Colour of Time by Dan Jones and Marina Amaral) as is Sarah Arratoon, from Pan Mac, for Tombland by C J Sansom and Hayley McMullan, of S&S UK, for Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan. Completing the entries is an independent shop, The Mainstreet Trading Company, for its 10th Birthday Campaign, masterminded by Rosamund de la Hey with Bill de la Hey, Phillippa Henley and Vivienne Seeley.
Book Retailer of the Year
WHSmith High Street
Editor of the Year
Literary Agent of the Year
Imprint of the Year
Publisher of the Year
Bonnier Books UK
John Murray Press
Little, Brown Book Group
Orion Publishing Group
Independent Publisher of the Year
Elliott & Thompson
Faber & Faber
Hardie Grant UK
Wild Things Publishing
Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year
Historic Environment Scotland
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield International
Children's Bookseller of the Year
Golden Hare Books
Hewson Books: The Kew Bookshop
Norfolk Children's Book Centre
The Blessington Bookstore
The Edinburgh Bookshop
Children's Publisher of the Year
Hachette Children's Group
HarperCollins Children's Books
Macmillan Children's Books
Individual Bookseller of the Year
Marketing Strategy of the Year
Rebecca Ikin, Cornerstone, Penguin Random House, for The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson
Joanna Rose, Jen Callahan-Packer, Jessica Htay, HarperCollins for BOSH! by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby
Orlando Mowbray, HarperCollins, for First Man In: Leading From the Front by Ant Middleton
Dan Groenewald, Head of Zeus, for The Colour of Time by Dan Jones and Marina Amaral
Sarah Arratoon, Pan Macmillan, for Tombland by C J Sansom
Julia Teece, Ella Horne, Transworld, Penguin Random House, for Jack Reacher 2018 by Lee Child
Alesha Bonser, Penguin Random House Children’s, for Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and Other Lies) curated by Scarlett Curtis
Hayley McMullan, Simon & Schuster UK, for Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
Rosamund de la Hey with Bill de la Hey, Phillippa Henley and Vivienne Seeley
Bannerman, The Mainsteet Trading Company for The Mainstreet Trading Company, 10th Birthday Campaign
Rights Professional of the Year
Publicity Campaign of the Year
Amelia Fairney and Poppy North, Viking, Penguin General, for Becoming - Michelle Obama
Sophie Calder and Megan Carver, HQ, HarperCollins, for BOSH! – Henry Firth and Ian Theasby
Maura Wilding & Harriet Venn, Penguin Random House Children’s, for Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies) – Scarlett Curtis (curator)
Maria Garbutt-Lucero, Faber & Faber, for Normal People – Sally Rooney
Louise Court and Lucie Cuthbertson Twiggs, Harvill Secker, Vintage, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock – Imogen Hermes Gowar
Hannah Corbett, Pan Macmillan, The Secret Barrister - Anonymous
Independent Bookshop of the Year
Drake - The Bookshop
Five Leaves Bookshop
Niche Comics & Bookshop
Golden Hare Books
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop
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