Children’s titles make up the rump of books nominated for The Bookseller’s inaugural Book of the Year, to be presented at The Bookseller Industry Awards at the Park Lane Hilton on 11th May.
The first of its kind, the award recognises the publishing as well as the books, with both author and publisher as recipients.
Ten titles have been shortlisted for the prize, sponsored by Ingram, including bestsellers The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Picador), H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (Jonathan Cape), Minecraft: The Official Construction Handbook (Egmont) and Awful Auntie by David Walliams (HarperCollins).
The award also demonstrates the influence of vloggers, with The Pointless Book by Alfie Deyes (Blink Publishing) going up against Zoe Sugg’s Girl Online (Penguin). The shortlist is completed by Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty and translater Arthur Goldhammer (Harvard University Press), Sabrina Ghayour’s cookbook Persiana (Mitchell Beazley), the crowd-funded, Booker-longlisted The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound) and children’s illustrated poetry title Macavity: The Mystery Cat, written by T S Eliot and newly illustrated by Arthur Robins (Faber).
Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, said: “It takes an industry to create a book. For me, the standout books are a product of collaboration between those who write them and those who make them.
“These 10 titles helped shape and reshape publishing in 2014, from the speed at which The Pointless Book went from concept to bestseller, to Piketty’s Capital, which found itself central to a public conversation about austerity, through to The Wake, a remarkable title that put the crowd-funded model on the map. There is also recognition for the market-makers—Girl Online, Awful Auntie and Minecraft—that helped underpin the growth in the Children’s sector, as well as for those great books brilliantly published—The Miniaturist, H is for Hawk, and Persiana—or, in the case of Macavity, reimagined.”
In total, 21 awards will be given out on the night. You can book your place at this year’s Bookseller Industry Awards online.