Hachette leads the The British Book Awards' trade gongs

Hachette leads the The British Book Awards' trade gongs

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


Daunt Books


WHSmith High Street

WHSmith Travel

Editor of the Year

Francis Bickmore      

Jessie Botterill          

Alison Hennessey       

Rebecca Hill   

Louisa Joyner 

Arabella Pike  

Michael Schmidt        

Anna Valentine          

Literary Agent of the Year

Sophie Lambert         

Arabella Stein

Cathryn Summerhayes          

Jo Unwin        

Chris Wellbelove        

Imprint of the Year



Jonathan Cape



Two Roads     



Publisher of the Year


Bonnier Books UK


John Murray Press

Little, Brown Book Group

Orion Publishing Group

Pan Macmillan

Penguin General

Independent Publisher of the Year

Atlantic Books


Cicerone Press

Elliott & Thompson

Faber & Faber

Hardie Grant UK

Nosy Crow

Wild Things Publishing

Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year


Collins Learning

Emerald Publishing

Historic Environment Scotland

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Kogan Page

Rowman & Littlefield International

SAGE Publishing

Children's Bookseller of the Year


Golden Hare Books

Hewson Books: The Kew Bookshop

Nomad Books

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

Nosy Crow

Macmillan Children's Books


Usborne Publishing


Individual Bookseller of the Year

Aude Bolechala          

Andrew Forster          

Joe Hedinger  

Noor Hemani 

Euan Hirst      

Jonathan Taylor

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

Camilla Ferrier           

Amy Joyner    

Krystyna Kujawinska  

Stephanie Purcell       

Andrew Sharp

Meixia Wang 

Pippa Wright  

Michele Young

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

Newham Bookshop  

Sevenoaks Bookshop 

Niche Comics & Bookshop     

Golden Hare Books   

Gullivers Bookshop    

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop