Hachette leads Bookseller Industry Awards pack

Hachette leads Bookseller Industry Awards pack

Hachette UK has topped the shortlist league table for the 2012 Bookseller Industry Awards, the British book trade's premier event, with eight nominations. Hachette is closely followed by HarperCollins and the Pearson/Penguin group, both with seven nominations‚ and Random House, with six.

On the retail side, London-headquartered boutique chain Foyles will be going toe-to-toe with bookselling giant W H Smith, as both businesses picked up four nominations.

This year's instalment of The Bookseller Industry Awards‚ to be held at a gala event at London's Hilton, Park Lane on 14th May‚ will be the biggest in the event's history. Eighteen awards will be given out on the night, 17 Bookseller awards plus the Bookseller Association's Gerry Davies Award for lifetime services to bookselling.

Neill Denny, The Bookseller editor-in-chief and chair of the awards judging panel, said: "These are testing times for the book trade, but what we have seen demonstrated by the strength and depth of the shortlists is the talent, innovation and creativity the industry has in spades."

Penguin, Hodder & Stoughton, Vintage and HarperCollins are just four of the eight shortlisted publishers battling it out for the coveted Publisher of the Year gong.

Amazon, Foyles, W H Smith and Blackwell will vie for National Bookseller of the Year honours. Constable & Robinson and Faber & Faber lead independent publishers with three nominations each. Faber will attempt to defend its Independent Publisher of the Year crown, hoping to become the first indie since Quercus in 2007 and 2008 to win in consecutive years.

There are three brand new awards this year: Digital Strategy of the Year; Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year; and Library of the Year. The National Bookseller of the Year combines two previous awards: General or Chain Bookseller and Direct Bookselling Company.


Imprint and Editor of the Year, sponsored by the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) 

Corsair, Constable & Robinson     James Gurbutt

Voyager, HarperCollins    Jane Johnson

Sceptre, Hodder & Stoughton     Carole Welch

Icon Books    Duncan Heath

Harvill Secker, Random House    Liz Foley

Simon & Schuster    Suzanne Baboneau

Granta Books    Sara Holloway


Publisher of the Year    


Harlequin Mills & Boon    


Hodder & Stoughton    

Pan Macmillan    


Simon & Schuster    

Vintage Publishing    


Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year    

Bloomsbury Academic and Professional    

Edward Elgar Publishing    

Gale, Cengage Learning    

Collins Education    

Hart Publishing    

Oxford University Press    


The Royal Society of Chemistry    


Independent Publisher of the Year    

Anova Books    

Aurum Press    

Constable & Robinson    

Faber & Faber    

Igloo Books    

Osprey Group    

The Folio Society    



Digital Strategy of the Year    

Nosy Crow    

Harlequin Mills & Boon    

Constable & Robinson    

Faber & Faber    

Lonely Planet    




W H Smith    


Literary Agent of the Year    

Caroline Sheldon    Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency

Clare Conville    Conville & Walsh

Jonny Geller    Curtis Brown

Gordon Wise    Curtis Brown

Maggie Hanbury    The Hanbury Agency

Simon Trewin    United Agents


Children's Publisher of the Year     


HarperCollins Children's Books    

Penguin Children's Books    

Random House Children's Books    

Scholastic Children's Books    

Simon & Schuster Children's Books    

Usborne Publishing    

Hachette Children's Books    


Rights Professional of the Year, sponsored by the Frankfurt Book Fair    


Mary Thompson    HarperCollins

Jason Bartholomew    Hodder

Andy Hine    Little, Brown

Zosia Knopp    Puffin

Tracy Phillips    Simon & Schuster Children's Books


Publicity Campaign of the Year, sponsored by the PPC

Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin/Anwen Hooson & Amelia Fairney (Riot Communications & Viking, Penguin)

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran/Ed Griffiths (Ebury Press, Random House)

Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson/Alison Barrow & Ben Willis (Transworld)

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival/Preena Gadher & Liz Hyder (Riot Communications)

When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman/Maura Brickell (Headline Review)

My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher/Nina Douglas (Orion)


Marketing Campaign of the Year, sponsored by Nielsen    

The Night Circus    Vintage Publishing

Lord of the Flies    Faber & Faber

Room    Pan Macmillan

When God Was a Rabbit    Headline Publishing

I Partridge    HarperCollins

World Book Day    World Book Day

A Dance With Dragons    HarperCollins

The Richard and Judy Book Club    W H Smith

For Dummies: 20th Anniversary    John Wiley


National Bookseller of the Year    



Foyles Bookshop    

W H Smith    


Children's Independent Bookseller of the Year, sponsored by Walker Books    

Octavia's Bookshop    

Storytellers Inc    

Children's Bookshop, Muswell Hill    

Jarrold's Book Department    

Seven Stories Bookshop    

The Book Nook    


Children's Bookseller of the Year, sponsored by Usborne    


Scholastic Book Fairs    

The Works     

W H Smith    


Library of the Year     

Edinburgh City Libraries/City of Edinburgh Libraries and Information Services

Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library/Norfolk County Library Service

Orkney Library & Archive/Orkney Library & Archive

Stockton Central/Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Wotton Fields Library, Northampton/Tribal Group PLC


Manager of the Year    

Darrell Thrush-Denning    Blackwell, Edinburgh

Rebecca Hart    Foyles, Westfield, Stratford City

Rebecca Cameron    Foyles Westfield London

Kristian Berggreen    Kemptown Bookshop, Brighton


Sue Butterworth Young Bookseller of the Year, sponsored by HarperCollins.

Octavia Karavla    Octavia's Bookshop

Tomas Kenny    Kennys Bookshop

Katie Clapham    Storytellers, Inc

Thomas Ogilvie    The Mainstreet Trading Company

Cara Fielder    Waterstones


Independent Bookseller of the Year, sponsored by Gardners Books    

Chorleywood Bookshop    Chorleywood

Dulwich Books    London

Linghams Booksellers    Heswall

St Ives Bookshop    St Ives 

The Bookshop Kibworth    Kibworth

The Gutter Bookshop    Dublin

The Mainstreet Trading Company    St Boswells