That Book scoops BBDPA Book of the Year for boundlessly imaginative design

That Book scoops BBDPA Book of the Year for boundlessly imaginative design

That Book (Hurtwood Press) has been named Book of the Year at 2018's British Book Design & Production Awards.

The awards, recognising excellence and craftsmanship in the British book design and production industry, were held at the Montcalm Marble Arch Hotel in London on Thursday evening (22nd November) and saw accolades dealt out to books in 18 categories, the ultimate winner of which secured the prestigious Book of the Year title.

That Book, created by a san francisco-based commercial photographic team Eszter & David and published by artisan publisher Hurtwood, first triumphed in the Digitally Printed Books category before going on to scoop the Book of the Year gong. According to Hurtwood Press, the “totally bespoke” book’s creation involved the use of metallic papers, colour printing, die-cutting, foil blocking, acetates, throw-outs, postcards, giclée prints, and more, as well the development of new and innovative binding methods. The award judges said they had been captivated by the attention to detail and that the book was "devoid of boundaries and designed with boundless imagination". 

Penguin Random House won three awards on the evening, for Best Jacket/Cover Design for The Handmaids Tale (Vintage), Lifestyle Illustrated with Hawksmoor: Restaurants & Recipes (Preface), and Trade Illustrated with River Café 30 (Ebury).

However it was the independents who took home the majority of the awards. Bloomsbury Publishing won the Brand/ Series identity category, sponsored by The Bookseller, for its Eat Like A Local Series and East London indie Hoxton Mini Press won the Photographic Books category with The Corners, a book of hyperreal photographs of East London street corners from Chris Dorley-Brown using multiple exposures.

In children’s meanwhile, Old Barn Books, an independent publisher of pre-school board, novelty and picture books and fiction for ages 9+, bagged the Children’s Trade 0 to 8 Years category award with its unusual pop-up book, illustrating the turn of the season in a snowy garden, Little Hazelnut by French creators Anne-Florence Lemasson and Dominique Ehrhard. And Cicada Books, Ziggy Hanaor’s one-woman outfit, won the Children’s Trade 9 to 16 Years category for Poster Power, a giftable title introducing key conceptual and graphic elements of great posters while including a selection of collage materials in the back for readers to create their own compositions.

Saoirse Suvari, a student at the National College of Art & Design, was awarded the pize for Best Student Book for Kurdish Freedom Fighter, which the judges described “an incredibly personal piece of work”. Suvari was given a £500 cheque and now has the opportunity to complete an internship in the industry.

The evening was hosted by comedian Adam Kay, author of the bestselling junior doctor's memoir This is Going to Hurt (Picador).

Going home, each attendee was given a bright neon Book of the Night, printed by BOSS Print, showcasing the talent of all 106 shortlisted finalists.

The full list of winners are listed below. Entries for the 2019 BBDPAs will open in April.

BRAND/SERIES IDENTITY—Eat Like A Local Series Entered By: Bloomsbury Publishing

LIMITED EDITION & FINE BINDING—The Art in Whisky Entered By: StudioMono

SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS—The Sussex Trug: Form, Function & Craft Entered By: Otherwise Publishing

DIGITALLY PRINTED BOOKS—That Book Entered By: Eszter & David - Hurtwood Press

EXHIBITION CATALOGUES—Jac Leirner: Add It Up Entered By: The Fruitmarket Gallery

PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOKS—The Corners Entered By: Hoxton Mini Press


GRAPHIC NOVELS—Thornhill Entered By: David Fickling Books

TRADE ILLUSTRATED—River Cafe 30 Entered By: Penguin Random House

LIFESTYLE ILLUSTRATED—Hawksmoor: Restaurants & Recipes Entered By: Penguin Random House

LITERATURE—The Little Prince Entered By: The Folio Society

EDUCATIONAL BOOKS—My First Book of Quantum Physics Entered By: Button Books (an Imprint of GMC Publications)

SCHOLARLY, ACADEMIC AND REFERENCE BOOKS—Children & Families at the Centre: Radical Innovation 1938-2018 Entered By: Anikst Design

CHILDREN’S TRADE 0 TO 8 YEARS Little Hazelnut Entered By: Old Barn Books

CHILDREN’S TRADE 9 TO 16 YEARS Poster Power Entered By: Cicada Books

BEST JACKET/COVER DESIGN The Handmaid’s Tale Entered By: Vintage, Penguin Random House

BEST STUDENT BOOK Kurdish Freedom Fighter Entered By: Saoirse Suvari, National College of Art & Design

BEST BRITISH BOOK The RAF Centenary Anthology Entered By: Extraordinary Editions

BOOK OF THE YEAR That Book Entered By: Eszter & David - Hurtwood Press