IBW Book Award

The Independent Bookshop Week Book Award 2017 winners

IBW Book Award winners

Adult Category
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Faber & Faber)

Children's Category 
A Poem for Every Night of the Year, edited by Allie Esiri (Macmillan Children's Books)

Picture Book Category
Tidy by Emily Gravett (Macmillan Children's Books)
  • “If books constitute a magical religion that doesn't persecute anyone, then obviously a bookshop is a radiant chapel of that religion. In this strange new world the importance of books and bookshops has taken a quantum leap. I am thrilled, strengthened and frankly improved by receiving this award from this Atlas-like sector of society -- may independent bookshops thrive, and indeed be nurtured, till the end of time.” - Sebastian Barry, winner of the Adult Category

“I am flabbergasted but deeply honoured to receive this IBW 2017 Children’s Book Award.  As well as containing a poem for each and every night of the year, the book is a journey through a calendar year celebrating the seasons, diverse cultures and notable historical dates. I am passionate about sharing poetry with the widest possible audience and am so grateful to all independent bookshops who have championed this anthology and indeed for everything they do.  I believe that poetry, as well as being the best expression of the big stuff, also exists for the small, seemingly insignificant things in life, for the everyday. Wordsworth once wrote of beauty ‘felt along the heart’, like waves beating along a shore. We feel poems along the heart and although we may not immediately notice the impact they make, they leave the shores of our heart a little changed. Thank you to Macmillan, to the illustrator Zanna Goldhawk, and to all the poets dead and very much alive who are, of course, the real heart of this book.” - Allie Esiri, winner of the Children’s Book Category

"I am thrilled to win this award. I love independent bookshops - their individuality and character, the passion of the people who run them, the breadth and variety of books on their shelves. The personal service they offer is such a pleasure, and important, too, especially in the way a good bookseller can match child and book." - Emily Gravett, winner of the Picture Book Category
  • IBW Book Award 2017 shortlists:


  • The Noise of TimeJulian Barnes

    Days Without End Sebastian Barry

    Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow - Yuval Noah Harari

    When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi

    This Must Be The Place - Maggie O'Farrell

    The Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry
    The Good Immigrant - edited by Nikesh Shukla

    Golden Hill - Frances Spufford

    The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland - John Lewis-Stempel

    The Gustav Sonata - Rose Tremain


The One Memory of Flora Banks - Emily Barr
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth - Frank Cottrell Boyce
Cogheart - Peter Bunzl
Strange Star - Emma Carroll

The Shadow Keeper - Abi Elphinstone

A Poem for Every Night of the Year - Allie Esiri
The Bone Sparrow - Zana Fraillon
How Not to Disappear - Clare Furniss
The 78-Storey Treehouse - Andy Griffiths; illustrated by Terry Denton

The Wolf Wilder - Katherine Rundell

Saint Death - Marcus Sedgwick

The Painted Dragon - Katherine Woodfine



Odd Dog Out - Rob Biddulph
The Storm Whale in Winter - Benji Davies
The Detective Dog - Julia Donaldson & Sara Ogilvie
The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart! - Vivian French; illustrated by Nigel Baines
Oi Dog! - Kes Gray and Claire Gray; illustrated by Jim Field
Tidy - Emily Gravett
The Darkest Dark - Chris Hadfield; illustrated by The Fan Brothers
Are You Sitting Comfortably? - Leigh Hodgkinson
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World - Kate Pankhurst
There's a Tiger in the Garden - Lizzy Stewart
Bee: Nature’s Tiny Miracle - Britta Teckentrup
A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting - Michelle Robinson; illustrated by David Roberts


The IBW 2017 judging panel will be chaired by BA President, Rosamund de la Hey.  The Adult Category judges are Anna James, blogger, author and reviewer; Tim O’Kelly, One Tree Books, Petersfield; Fleur Sinclair, Sevenoaks Bookshop and Robert Penn, author, photographer and broadcaster.  The Children’s and Picture Book Category judges are David Litchfield, author of The Bear & The Piano; Alex Strick, diversity in children’s books campaigner and head of Inclusive Minds; Sanchita Basu de Sarka, Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill and Victoria Rossiter, Rossiter’s Bookshop, Monmouth & Ross on Wye.
The winners of each category will be announced on Friday 23rd June, the day before the start of this year’s IBW.


Adult category:
2016: The Green Road by Anne Enright 
2015: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters 
2014: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
2013: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
2012: Why Be Happy When you Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
2011: The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
2010: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
2009: The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
2008: Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
2007: Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Children’s Fiction category:
2016: Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
2015: An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls 
2014: Flora & Ulysses by Kate Di Camillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell
2013: Wonder by RJ Palacio
2012: One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson
2011: Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer
2010: Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo
2009: Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
2008: The Sleepwalker by Robert Muchamore
2007: Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo

Children’s Picture Book category:
2016: Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat by Emily MacKenzie
2015: A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino
2014: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mark Hearld