Indie Book Awards

Winners 2019
The Silence of the Girls  The Storm Keeper's Island  If all the World Were ...

Winning in the Adult category is Pat Barker with The Silence of the Girls (Penguin), a re-telling of the Trojan War from the perspective of the slave girl Briseis. Catherine Doyle’s The Storm Keeper’s Island (Bloomsbury), her debut Middle Grade novel, won in the Children’s category, while the winner of the Picture Book category is If All the World Were… (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books) by Joseph Coelho and illustrated by Allison Colpoys.
Chosen by a judging panel of independent booksellers, authors and industry influencers, the Independent Bookshop Week Book Awards winners will be presented with their awards in independent bookshops. 

Indie Book Awards shortlists 2019 


  • The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (Penguin)
    The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (Vintage)
    Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan (Square Peg)
    Educated by Tara Westover (Windmill Books)
    The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story by Christie Watson (Vintage)
    Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold by Stephen Fry (Penguin)
    The Salt Path by Raynor Winn (Penguin)
    Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson (Icon Books)
    Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch (Vintage)
    Diversify: How to Challenge Inequality and Why We Should by June Sarpong (HQ)



The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
The Steam Whistle Theatre Company by Vivian French (Walker Books)
The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle (Bloomsbury)
The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)
The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell, illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino (Usborne)
Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange (Chicken House)
The Day I was Erased by Lisa Thompson (Scholastic)
The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher (Firefly Press)
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Orion Children’s Books)
The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf, illustrated by Pippa Curnick (Orion Children’s Books)
No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton (Nosy Crow)



Franklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell illustrated by Katie Harnett (Thames & Hudson)
Under the Same Sky by Britta Teckentrup (Caterpillar Books)
The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth (Pavilion Children’s Books)
Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival (Bloomsbury)
The Cook and The King by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by David Roberts (Macmillan Children’s Books)
The Girls by Lauren Ace, illustrated by Jenny Løvlie (Caterpillar Books)
Everybody’s Welcome by Patricia Hegarty, illustrated by Greg Abbott (Caterpillar Books)
Girls Can Do Anything by Caryl Hart, illustrated by Ali Pye (Scholastic)
You’re Called What?! by Kes Gray, illustrated by Nikki Dyson (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Little Bear’s Spring by Elli Woollard, illustrated by Briony May Smith (Macmillan Children’s Books)
If All the World Were… by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)
All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Scribble)


Adult category:
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:
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:
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