Eight entirely fresh faces to The British Book Awards’ Editor of the Year category are to battle it out for the coveted title, including two sets from the same stables: HarperCollins’ Helen Garnons-Williams and Jack Fogg; and PRH’s Frankie Gray and Simon Prosser. Altogether, PRH leads the number of trade nominations with 13, followed by Hachette with 10 and HarperCollins with eight.
Hamish Hamilton editor Prosser, who had no fewer than four authors on last year’s Man Booker longlist (Arundhati Roy, Mohsin Hamid, Ali Smith and Zadie Smith) will battle it out with Transworld’s Gray, who edited the biggest-selling paperback of 2017, Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door. Also facing off for the title will be Fourth Estate’s Garnons-Williams, who scooped a Costa Novel and Biography of the Year double with books by Jon McGregor and Rebecca Stott respectively, and Harper Non-Fiction’s Fogg, who had a variety of hits last year, ranging from Bruce Dickinson’s memoir to heart surgeon Steve Westaby’s Fragile Lives.
Completing the line-up for that award is Philip Pullman’s editor David Fickling, Canongate’s Francis Bickmore, Faber Non-Fiction’s Laura Hassan and Katie Cotton of Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.
David Fickling and Madeleine Milburn
Meanwhile, two Curtis Brown staff—Sheila Crowley and Stephanie Thwaites—will tussle for the Agent of the Year honour, going up against Madeleine Milburn, who owns her own agency; Nelle Andrew of PFD; Sue Armstong of C+W; and David Luxton, also with his own agency.
Pan Macmillan is striving to be crowned the Publisher of the Year for the third time in four years, and is shortlisted alongside seven other houses for the industry’s big prize, with Bloomsbury the only independent to make the cut. Pan Mac, whose parent Macmillan is celebrating its 175th year, is competing alongside fellow conglomerates HarperCollins, Hachette imprints Hodder & Stoughton, Little, Brown Book Group and Headline, and Penguin Random House’s Vintage Books
and Penguin General.
This year two supermarkets are vying for the Book Retailer of the Year gong. Asda and Sainsbury’s will go up against Blackwell’s, W H Smith Travel and last year’s winner, Waterstones. The Book People, meanwhile, has a nod for Children’s Bookseller of the Year, along with Waterstones and four independent bookshops: Edinburgh pair Golden Hare Books and The Edinburgh Bookshop, The Book Nook in Hove and The Alligator’s Mouth in Richmond.
Eight names are battling it out to be crowned Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year. Bloomsbury, with its second British Book Award nod, goes up against IPG Publisher of the Year Maths—No Problem!, West Yorkshire-based Emerald Publishing, Edinburgh University Press, Kogan Page, SAGE Publishing, PG Online and Edward Elgar Publishing.
The title of Independent Publisher of the Year is being fought over by Faber, whose author Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize in Literature last year, the three-year-old UK arm of Scribe, Canongate, kids’ press Nosy Crow, Short Books, SPCK, Quiller Publishing and Hardie Grant, which increased its TCM sales by 8% in 2017.
Bloomsbury’s third nomination, and Nosy Crow’s second, comes in Children’s Publisher of the Year. The duo are joined by fellow indies Walker Books and Usborne Publishing. They will compete against Scholastic, DK, Hachette Children’s Group and HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Eight imprints are battling it out to be crowned Imprint of the Year, with half from PRH’s stable, including the first ever audio list to make the cut, Penguin Random House UK Audio. Viking, Vintage Paperbacks and Hamish Hamilton will compete with Hachette imprints Sphere Fiction and digital-first Bookouture, along with Bonnier Publishing’s Blink arm and HarperCollins’ Fourth Estate.
Ola Gotkowska and Jason Bartholomew
In the rights-selling game, three children’s publishing staff make the cut for Rights Professional of the Year: Chicken House’s Elinor Bagenal, Ola Gotkowska from Nosy Crow and Andrew Sharp from Hachette Children’s Group. They go up against Jason Batholomew (who has just made the move from rights at Hodder & Stoughton to PR in the position of joint chief executive of Midas), Simon & Schuster’s Stephanie Purcell, Kogan Page’s Amy Joyner, Canongate’s Andrea Joyce and The Quarto Group’s Karine Marko.
Individual Bookseller of the Year sees three chain staff face off with three employees from independents. Waterstones Horsham manager Kurde Atfield, W H Smith Travel’s London Euston manager Rik Kennedy and Blackwell’s University of Aberdeen staffer Greig Watt are down on the list, along with Tony West, co-owner of The Alligator’s Mouth in Richmond, south-west London, Sally Pattle from Far From the Madding Crowd in Linlithgow, Scotland, and Billy F K Howorth of Carnforth Bookshop in Lancashire.
Meanwhile, the individuals listed for Publicity Campaign of the Year are Bloomsbury’s Rebecca Thorne (for Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People...), HarperCollins’ Polly Osborne (for How to Build a Car by Adrian Newey) and Macmillan’s Dusty Miller (for This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay), along with Rosi Crawley of Walker Books and Emma Draude of Ed Public Relations (for Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give). The category is rounded out by Angela McMahon at Flow Communications (for the Rebus 30 campaign) and PRH Children’s and Riot Communications’ work on Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage.
Marketing Strategy of the Year sees HarperCollins shortlisted twice, for Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims and for Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Pan Macmillan, which won the award in 2017, is shortlisted for Ken Follett’s A Column of Fire, while Little, Brown is down for its campaign for Jane Harper, which helped to propel the author onto the bestseller lists. The category is completed by Vintage Books for The Girls by Emma Cline, Cornerstone’s campaign for Eskiboy by Wiley, Penguin Press for Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, and the World Book Day promotion.
The Trade shortlists:
Editor of the Year
Literary Agent of the Year
Rights Professional of the Year
Individual Bookseller of the Year
Billy F K Howorth
Independent Bookshop of the Year
The Book Hive
Drake - the Bookshop
The Edinburgh Bookshop
Five Leaves Bookshop
Pages of Hackney
Red Lion Books
Children's Bookseller of the Year
The Edinburgh Bookshop
Golden Hare Books
The Alligator's Mouth
The Book Nook
Book Retailer of the Year
W H Smith Travel
Marketing Strategy of the Year
Cornerstone for Eskiboy by Wiley
HarperCollins for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
HarperCollins for Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims
Little, Brown Book Group for The Dry by Jane Harper
Pan Macmillan for A Column of Fire by Ken Follett
Penguin Press for Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
Vintage Books for The Girls by Emma Cline
World Book Day
Independent Publisher of the Year
Faber & Faber
Hardie Grant Publishing
Imprint of the Year
Penguin Random House UK Audio
Children's Publisher of the Year
Bloomsbury Children's Books
Hachette Children's Group
HarperCollins Children's Books
Publicity Campaign of the Year
Rosi Crawley and Emma Draude for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Angela McMahon for Rebus 30 by Ian Rankin
Dusty Miller for This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
Polly Osborn for How to Build a Car by Adrian Newey
Penguin Random House Children's and Riot Communications for La Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman
Rebecca Thorne for Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year
Edinburgh University Press
Edward Elgar Publishing
Publisher of the Year
Hodder & Stoughton
Little, Brown Book Group
You can find more information on our shortlists here.