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Inaugural Books are My Bag Award Winners Announced

25th November 2016

 

Inaugural Books are My Bag Award Winners Announced

 

 

 

An essay collection, The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla, was voted the British public’s favourite book of 2016 at the Books Are My Bag inaugural Readers Awards, which took place at Foyles last night, see above picture of Nikesh and some of the book's contributors collecting their award. They are the only book awards with shortlists curated by bookshops and voted for by booklovers.

 

There were five categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography & Autobiography, Children’s and Breakthrough Author plus a special Readers Choice Award voted for entirely by booklovers; and a Beautiful Book Ward, voted for entirely by booksellers. Watch Nikesh introduce his book exclusively for Foyles.

The Book Are My Bag Readers Awards are sponsored by National Book Tokens.

The winners and shortlists are as follows:

 

Fiction Award

Winner: Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

Read our exclusive interview with Max Porter and watch a video of him reading from his book

Grief is the Thing with FeathersShortlist:
The Green Road by Anne Enright 
The Loney by Andrew Hurley Read an exclusive interview with the author here
The Muse by Jessie Burton Read our exclusive interview with Jessie Burton here
This Must Be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell Watch Maggie Talking About Her Book here
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon


 

 

 

Non-fiction Award

Winner: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig


Reasons to Stay Alive

Shortlist:
SPQR by Mary Beard Exclusively for Foyles, Mary Beard Selects her Favourite Books on the Ancient World
Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane
The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
It's All In Your Head by Suzanne O'Sullivan

 

 

 

Children's Award

Winner: The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie

The Detective DogShortlist
One by Sarah Crossan  Read an exclusive interview with the author here
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness  Read an extract here
Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
 

 

 

Biography and Autobiography Award

Winner: The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson  Read our exclusive author interview

The Road to Little DribblingShortlist:
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham
The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink  Read our exclusive author interview
At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
Alive Alive Oh! by Diana Athill

 

 

 


Breakthrough Author Award

Winner: Joanna Cannon (The Trouble with Goats and Sheep)

Read our exclusive author intervew

Shortlist:
Abi Elphinstone (The Shadow Keeper)
Amy Liptrot (The Outrun)
Andrew Michael Hurley (The Loney) Read an exclusive interview with the author here
Han Kang (The Vegetarian) Watch our exclusive interview with Hang Kang
Kit de Waal (My Name is LeonRead an exclusive interview with the author
Lisa McInerney (The Glorious Heresies
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (Harmless Like You) Read our exclusive author interview

 

 

Beautiful Book Award

Winner: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, cover design by Peter Dyer Read our exclusive author interview here

The Essex SerpentShortlist
Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop Read an exclusive illustrated blog by the author
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
Herbarium by Caz Hildebrand Caz reveals her top ten herbs

 

Readers' Choice Award

Winner: The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla

Watch an exclusive interview with Nikesh here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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