Bloomsbury won three awards at the 2015 British Book Design and Production Awards held last night (26th November), including the main prize of the evening, the Book of the Year award.
The Imaginary, which won the title in the Children's Trade category (Bloomsbury) written by A. F. Harold and illustrated by Emily Gravett, then went on to be crowned Book of the Year by the judges who said it was "simply breath-taking". Bloomsbury's Dabbous: The Cookbook by Ollie Dabbous was also awarded the Lifestyle Illustrated prize for its "beguiling urban cover finish and binding" and "serene photography".
Thames & Hudson won the prize for Best Jacket/Cover Design for Madness in Civilisation by Andrew Scull. It was described by the judges as an “excellent example of where a strong concept and clean design perfectly fulfils a jacket’s brief, and draws the reader in.”
The Best British Book went to Jon Bannenberg: A Life of Design by Dickie Bannenberg (Bannenberg & Rowell) which was entered by design consultants. The winner of Best Student Book was Four Parts Sand/One Part Cement, entered by Thomas Lynes from Norwich University of the Arts.
Two new categories were added this year: Self-Published Books and Graphic Novels. The Little Boy/Girl Who Lost His/Her Name (Lost My Name) won the Self-Published Books award as it “challenged the judges’ perception of self-publishing but also raised the bar in terms of innovations with print.” The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage (Penguin Press) by Sydney Padua, meanwhile, won the award for Graphic Novels.
The "This Is" Series (Laurence King) won the Brand/Series Identity prize, Mr Kilburn’s Calicos (The Fleece Press) won the award for Limited Edition and Fine Binding and Formation (Generation Press) won the title in the Digitally Printed Books. Carlton Books' Jurassic World by Caroline Rowlands won Interactive Multimedia Book, Pureprint Group's Jenny Saville: Oxyrhynchus with text by John Elderfield and design by Peter Willberg won for Exhibition Catalogues and Little, Brown's Cathy by John Carder Bush won for Photographic Books, Art/Architecture Monographs.
Susanna Hislop's Stories in the Stars (Hutchinson) was awarded the prize for Trade Illustrated. The Literature prize went to Edgar Allen Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (The Folio Society). The award for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education went to This is Not a Maths Book by Anna Weltman (Ivy Press) and the award for Scholarly, Academic and Reference Books was won by The Herefordshire Pomona (The Folio Society).
The ceremony was held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightbridge, presented by comedian and author Mark Watson.
The awards, which seek to recognise those that “continuously innovate, push the boundaries and embrace new technologies”, were held by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) in association with Oxford Brookes University, The Bookseller and The Publishers Association
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