The British Book Awards in pictures

The British Book Awards in pictures

Almost 1,000 people attended The British Book Awards on Monday 13th May, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane.

 

Comedian David Baddiel was among the guests—his collaboration with illustrator Steven Lenton, Head Kid (HarperCollins Children's Books), was shortlisted for Children's Fiction Book of the Year.

 

BOSH! duo Ian Theasby left and Henry Firth celebrated on the red carpet—their eponymous debut cookbook, published by HQ, scooped the Non-Fiction: Lifestyle Book of the Year award and was described by the judges as "an exemplary piece of publishing".

 

For the third year running, broadcaster Lauren Laverne took to the stage as our host for the evening.

 

David Walliams right invited illustrator Tony Ross to join him onstage after The Ice Monster (HarperCollins Children's Books) was named Children's Fiction Book of the Year.

 

Sally Rooney's "beautifully observed and profoundly moving" second novel Normal People won the coveted Overall Book of the Year gong. Faber's Alex Bowler centre right collected the award from The Bookseller's books editor Alice O'Keeffe and the Sunday Times' Andrew Holgate.

 

Edinburgh's Golden Hare Books won this year's Independent Bookshop of the Year grand prize, receiving a £5,000 winners' cheque from award sponsor Gardners. The judges praised the bookshop's "stylish boutique-style store, sharp growth in sales and capacity for innovation".

 

Slay In Your Lane's Elizabeth Uviebinené far left and Yomi Adegoke centre right presented Cathryn Summerhayes with the award for Literary Agent of the Year—praising her "resourceful, imaginative" approach to making deals.

 

Actor Ruth Jones presented Picador's Paul Baggaley with the Imprint of the Year award—Picador's second time winning in four years.

 

Leena Norms chatted backstage to author June Sarpong about her love for audiobooks—Sarpong presented Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming (PRH) with the AudioBook of the Year title.

 

Thriller writer Lee Child was named Author of the Year—the judges hailed a "great year" in the book business for the "commercial heavyweight".

 

Journalist Anita Sethi third from left joined guests from The Marsh Agency at the drinks reception post-ceremony.

 

Visit our YouTube channel for more from backstage, including interviews with Lee Child, Matthew Syed and Louise Candlish.