Indie Book Awards 2020

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Penguin) 

Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames​ by Lara Maiklem (Bloomsbury)

The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson (Usborne) 

Don’t Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton (Walker Books) 

Chosen by a judging panel of independent booksellers, authors and industry influencers, the awards celebrate the best books in paperbacks to read this summer. The Adult categories were judged by bookseller Matt Taylor (Chepstow Books & Gifts), Elizabeth Perry (Daunt Books), Zool Verjee (Head of Marketing and Publicity at Blackwells), Sarah Shaffi, (freelance journalist and #BAMEinPublishing co-founder) and Hachette author William Shaw. The Children’s categories were judged by chair bookseller Vanessa Lewis (The Book Nook), Layla Hudson (Round Table Books), Jessica Paul (Max Minerva’s Marvellous Books & More), Jonathan Douglas (CEO of National Literacy Trust) and Hachette author Piers Torday.


- The Offing by Benjamin Myers (Bloomsbury)
- 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak (Penguin)
- You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr (Bloomsbury)
- Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Picador)- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Corsair)
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Penguin) 

- Lady in Waiting by Anne Glenconner (Hodder & Stoughton)
- War Doctor by David Nott (Picador)
- The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (Black Swan)
- Extraordinary Insects: Weird. Wonderful. Indispensable. The Ones Who Run Our World by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson (Mudlark)
- Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames by Lara Maiklem (Bloomsbury)
- No Win Race by Derek A Bardowell (Mudlark)

- Toffee by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
- Deeplight by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books)
- Chinglish: An Almost Entirely True Story by Sue Cheung (Andersen Press)
- The Star Outside my Window by Onjali Q. Rauf (Orion Children’s Books)
- The Somerset Tsunami by Emma Carroll (Faber & Faber)
- The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson (Usborne) 

- Animalphabet by Julia Donaldson & Sharon King-Chai (Two Hoots)
- Greta and the Giants by Zoe Tucker & Zoe Persico (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)
- Don’t Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton (Walker Books) 
- Alfie on Holiday by Shirley Hughes (Puffin Books)
- I’m Sticking With You by Smriti Halls and Steve Small (Simon & Schuster)
- Franklin and Luna Go To The Moon by Jen Campbell, illustrated by Katie Harnett (Thames & Hudson)

Adult category:
2019: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
2018: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
2017: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
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 category:
2019: The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle
2018: Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean 
2017: A Poem for Every Night of the Year by Allie Esiri
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

Picture Book category:
2019: If All the World Were ... by Joseph Coelho and illustrated by Allison Colpoys
2018:  Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies and illustrator, Emily Sutton
2017: Tidy by Emily Gravett
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