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British Book Award Shortlists Announced

15th March 2017

The six category shortlists for the 2017 Books of the Year Awards or ‘Nibbies’ have been announced by Chair of the Judges and Contributing Editor of The Bookseller Cathy Rentzenbrink who said “there’s innovation, experimentation, good old-fashioned story-telling and beautiful production values.”

The shortlists consist of six books in each of six categories and, uniquely, honour not just the author and illustrator of a title but the entire publishing team. They are as follows:

 

Fiction BOOK OF THE YEAR

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Faber & Faber) Read our exclusive author interview

The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Oneworld) Read an extract here

The Muse by Jessie Burton (Picador) Read our exclusive author interview

Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop (Headline Review) Read an exclusive introduction to her book by the author

This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell (Headline) Watch a video introduction to her book by the author

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (Serpent’s Tail) Read our exclusive author interview here

 

Debut BOOK OF THE YEAR

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon (Borough Press) Read our exclusive author interview here

The Girls by Emma Cline (Chatto & Windus) Hear Emma introduce her book or read an exclusive interview with her here

My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal (Penguin General) Read an exclusive interview with the author

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell (Picador)

Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris (Doubleday)

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (Faber)

 

Crime and Thriller BOOK OF THE YEAR

The Widow by Fiona Barton (Bantam Press)

Dodgers by Bill Beverly (No Exit Press)

Night School by Lee Child (Bantam Press) Read our exclusive author interview

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant (Mulholland Books)

Conclave by Robert Harris (Hutchinson)

I See You by Claire Mackintosh (Little, Brown)

 

Non-fiction: Narrative BOOK OF THE YEAR

Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon (Headline)

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (The Bodley Head)

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot (Canongate)

East West Street by Philippe Sands (W&N)

The Good Immigrant ed by Nikesh Shukla (Unbound) Watch an exclusisve video interview with Nikesh

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen (S&S)

 

Non-fiction: Lifestyle BOOK OF THE YEAR

Hello, is this Planet Earth? By Tim Peake (Century)

Sidemen The Book by The Sidemen (Coronet)

The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Turner (Bantam Press)

Five on Brexit Island by Bruno Vincent (Quercus)

Lean in 15: The Sustain Plan by Joe Wicks (Bluebird)

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking (Penguin Life)

 

Children’s BOOK OF THE YEAR

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher, Shane Devries (illus) (Puffin)

Oi Dog! Kes and Claire Gray and Jim Field (Hodder)

Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain, Clair Rossiter (illus) (Hodder)

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargreave (Chicken House)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne (Little, Brown and Pottermore)

The World’s Worst Children by David Walliams and Tony Ross (Harper Collins Children’s Books)

 

Produced by leading industry magazine The Bookseller, the British Book Awards represent a high point in the book trade’s calendar, with winners including Publisher of the Year, Book Retailer of the Year, and Independent Bookshop of the Year. The Books of the Year awards recognise the publishing as well as the books, with both author and publisher as recipients of the prize.

 

The category winners will be decided by six panels of judges, and a separate panel will go on to choose the overall Book of the Year. The category winners and the Book of the Year will be announced at the awards ceremony on 8 May 2017.

   

 

 

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