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The shortlists for the British Book Awards have been announced

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British Book Award shortlistsThe Bookseller

The British Book Awards – aka The Nibbies – are the UK publishing industry’s leading awards, and this year’s ceremony is all set for 15 May. The 12 Book of the Year winners will be decided by separate panels, with judges including Channel 4 News lead anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy; broadcaster and author Anita Rani; broadcaster and radio host Vick Hope, and Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho.

Alice O’Keeffe, books editor of The Bookseller and overall chair of the Books of the Year, says: "This year’s fiction shortlists run the gamut from fresh new voices, with a pleasing number of debuts from older writers to big brand authors of many years standing with an established readership still going strong. It’s the second year for our Discover category, showcasing books from traditionally underrepresented writers, which is even broader in scope, with memoir, essay and poetry alongside new fiction. In non-fiction this year, moving true-life stories are particularly prominent, a reminder of the power of reading to help us make sense of the world."

Good Housekeeping is delighted to be sponsoring the Fiction Book Of the Year Award. Without further ado, here are the shortlists...

British Book Of The Year Awards shortlists

Fiction Book Of The Year, supported by Good Housekeeping

Love Marriage by Monica Ali (Virago, Little, Brown)

Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes (Mantle, Pan Macmillan)

Fairy Tale by Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton, Hachette)

Babel by R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager, HarperCollins)

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder Press, Headline Publishing Group)

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart (Picador, Pan Macmillan)

Debut fiction Book Of The Year

Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola (Headline Review, Headline Publishing Group)

Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (Doubleday, Transworld, PRH)

The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty (Oneworld, Oneworld Publications)

Trespasses by Louise Kennedy (Bloomsbury Publishing)

The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer (Gallery, Simon & Schuster)

The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn (Fig Tree, PRH)

Crime & Thriller Book Of The Year

Murder Before Evensong by Reverend Richard Coles (W&N, Orion)

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley (HarperFiction, HarperCollins)

The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett (Viper Books, Profile Books)

Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister (Michael Joseph, PRH)

The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman (Viking, PRH)

Bamburgh by L.J. Ross (Dark Skies Publishing)

Discover Book Of The Year

The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho by Paterson Joseph (Dialogue Books)

As Long As the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Carrie Kills A Man by Carrie Marshall (404 Ink)

I’m a Fan by Sheena Patel (Rough Trade)

Home is Not a Place by Johny Pitts and Roger Robinson (William Collins, HarperCollins)

Aftermath by Preti Taneja (And Other Stories)


Pageturner of the Year

The Summer That Changed Us by Cathy Bramley (Orion Fiction, Orion Publishing Group)

Sunday’s Child by Dilly Court (HarperFiction, HarperCollins)

Verity by Colleen Hoover (Sphere Books, Little, Brown)

How To Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie (The Borough Press)

The Keeper of Stories by Sally Page (One More Chapter, HarperCollins)

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak (Viking, PRH)


Children’s Fiction Book Of The Year

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde by Jeff Kinney (Puffin, Penguin Random House Children’s)

Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tọlá Okogwu (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books UK)

Tyger by SF Said, illustrated by Dave McKean (David Fickling Books)

The First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books UK)

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books UK)

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good by Louie Stowell (Walker Books)


Children’s Non-fiction Book Of The Year

Am I Made of Stardust?: Dr Maggie Answers the Big Questions for Young Scientists by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and illustrator Chelen Ecija (Buster Books, Michael O’Mara Books)

A Better Day: Your Positive Mental Health Handbook by Dr Alex George and illustrated by The Boy Fitz Hammond (Wren & Rook, Hachette)

Girlhood Unfiltered by Ebinehita Iyere (Knights Of)

You Can Do It: How to Find Your Voice and Make a Difference by Marcus Rashford and Carl Anka (Macmillan Children’s Books, Pan Macmillan)

Queen Elizabeth: (Volume 88) Little People, BIG DREAMS by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrator Melissa Lee Johnson (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, Quarto)

You Don’t Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl From Ukraine by Yeva Skalietska (Bloomsbury Publishing)


Children’s Illustrated Book Of The Year

What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks (Macmillan Children’s Books, Pan Macmillan)

The Baddies by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Alison Green Books, Scholastic)

Supertato presents Jack and the Beanstalk by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)

The Heartstopper Yearbook by Alice Oseman (Hodder Children’s Books)

Bunny vs Monkey: Rise of the Maniacal Badger by Jamie Smart (David Fickling Books)

Grandad’s Camper by Harry Woodgate (Andersen Press)


Non-fiction: Lifestyle & Illustrated Book Of The Year

The Story of Art without Men by Katy Hessel (Hutchinson Heinemann, PRH) Menopausing by Davina McCall with Dr. Naomi Potter (HQ , HarperCollins) One by Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph, PRH)

The Golden Mole by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Talya Baldwin (Faber & Faber)

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Dr Julie Smith (Michael Joseph, PRH)

The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg et al (Allen Lane, PRH)


Non-fiction: Narrative Book Of The Year

brother.do.you.love.me by Manni Coe and Reuben Coe (Little Toller Books)

A Visible Man by Edward Enninful (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Tired and Tested: The Wild Ride into Parenthood by Sophie McCartney (HarperNorth, HarperCollins)

Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry (Headline Non-Fiction)

Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries by Alan Rickman (Canongate)

Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne by Katherine Rundell (Faber & Faber)


Audiobook: Fiction Book Of The Year

Geneva by Richard Armitage, narrated by Richard Armitage and Nicola Walker and Jane Perry (Audible Original)

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka, narrated by Shivantha Wijesinha (Bolinda Publishing)

The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman, narrated by Fiona Shaw (Penguin Audio, PRH)

The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Bill Nighy, Indira Varma, Andy Serkis, Colin Morgan, Peter Serafinowicz et al (Penguin Audio, PRH)

Tyger by SF Said, narrated by Sarah Agha (Bolinda Publishing)

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart, narrated by Chris Reilly (Picador, Pan Macmillan)

Audiobook: Non-Fiction Book Of The Year

Parenting Hell written and read Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe (Blink Publishing, Bonnier Books UK)

A Visible Man written and read by Edward Enninful (Audible Original)

Ten Steps to Nanette written and read by Hannah Gadsby (W.F. Howes)

A Pocketful of Happiness written and read by Richard E. Grant (Gallery UK, Simon & Schuster)

Menopausing written and read by Davina McCall & Dr Naomi Potter (HarperCollins)

Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing written and read by Matthew Perry (Headline Publishing Group)

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