IBW Book Award Shortlists

21/05/2018

Do please feature the IBW Book Award shortlist in your window and in-store displays – and send us photos and/or post to social media using #IBW2018 – we look forward to seeing the books featured in your shops, and hope that the shortlist helps drives sales too.  You can see more at https://indiebookshopweek.org.uk/IBWBookAward
ADULT CATEGORY

TITLE AUTHOR PUBLISHER
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman HarperCollins
The Secret Life of Cows
 
Rosamund Young
 
Faber
 
This is Going to Hurt
 
Adam Kay
 
Pan Macmillan - Picador
 
Life in the Garden
 
Penelope Lively
 
Penguin - Fig Tree
 
A Gentleman in Moscow
 
Amor Towles
 
Penguin Random House/Cornerstone - Windmill
I am I am I am
 
Maggie O'Farrell
 
Headline
 
Birdcage Walk
 
Helen Dunmore
 
Penguin Random House/Cornerstone - Windmill
Elmet
 
Fiona Mozley
 
John Murray
 
Midwinter Break
 
Bernard MacLaverty
 
Penguin Random House -
Vintage
How Not to Be a Boy
 
Robert Webb
 
Canongate Books
 
 
Shortlist nominee for the Adult Category, Adam Kay commented: "Just when I thought I couldn't love indie bookshops any more, they've got behind This is Going to Hurt from the absolute start, hosted dozens of hugely inventive events with me around the country, and sold more copies than I could have ever dreamed of. To now be nominated for an Independent Bookshop Week award is the icing on an already truly terrific cake - thank you."
CHILDREN’S CATEGORY
TITLE AUTHOR PUBLISHER/IMPRINT
The Explorer
 
Katherine Rundell
 
Bloomsbury
 
Things a Bright Girl Can Do
 
Sally Nicholls
 
Andersen Press
 
Letters from the Lighthouse
 
Emma Carroll
 
Faber
 
Sky Song
 
Abi Elphinstone
 
Simon and Schuster Children's
 
A Skinful of Shadows
 
Frances Hardinge
 
Pan Macmillan
 
The 91-Storey Treehouse
 
Andy Griffiths & illustrated by Terry Denton Pan Macmillan
 
We Come Apart
 
Sarah Crossan & illustrated by Brian Conaghan Bloomsbury
 
The 1000 Year Old Boy
 
Ross Welford
 
HarperCollins
 
Nevermoor
 
Jessica Townsend
 
Orion
 
Release
 
Patrick Ness
 
Walker Books
 
A Spoonful of Murder
 
Robin Stevens
 
Puffin
 
The Bolds on Holiday
 
Julian Clary & illustrated by David Roberts
 
Andersen Press
 
Where the World Ends
 
Geraldine McCaughrean
 
Usborne
 
 
PICTURE BOOK CATEGORY
TITLE AUTHOR PUBLISHER/IMPRINT
Fantastically Great Women who Made History Kate Pankhurst
 
Bloomsbury
 
Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth
 
Nicola Davies & illustrated by Emily Sutton
 
Walker Books
 
You Choose in Space
 
Pippa Goodhart & illustrated by Nick Sharratt Penguin Random House Children's
Grandad's Secret Giant
 
David Litchfield
 
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Katinka's Tail
 
Judith Kerr
 
HarperCollins
 
The Squirrels Who Squabbled
 
Rachel Bright & illustrated by Jim Field
 
Orchard
 
I Love You, Stick Insect
 
Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
 
Bloomsbury
 
The Everywhere Bear
 
Julia Donaldson & illustrated by Rebecca Cobb Pan Macmillan
 
The Grotlyn
 
Benji Davies
 
HarperCollins
 
Kevin
 
Rob Biddulph
 
HarperCollins
 
What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday Julia Donaldson & illustrated by Lydia Monks Pan Macmillan
 
Superbat
 
Matt Carr
 
Scholastic
 
 
Shortlist nominee for the Children’s Category, Robin Jarvis said: “I'm utterly delighted that A Spoonful of Murder has been chosen as one of the Independent Book Week Book Awards 2018 shortlisted titles. I know that the love and support I received from independent bookstores from the very beginning of my series has helped it become the success it is today, and given me the chance to write A Spoonful of Murder. I'm proud to have the chance to return the favour and show my support for indies during this year's Independent Bookshop Week!”
Shortlist nominee for the Picture Book Category, illustrator Rachel Bright added: “I’m so excited to hear The Squirrels Who Squabbled has been chosen for this shortlist. Each and every independent bookshop, to my mind, is nothing short of a magical portal to a thousand different worlds and whatever adventure you hope for. To be amongst a shortlist of stories picked by such passionate hands is just the highest compliment.”
This year the IBW Book Award judging panels were chaired by former BA President, Rosamund de la Hey and current BA President Nic Bottomley, and included Joanna Cannon, author (The Trouble with Goats & Sheep, Three Things About Elsie); Debbie James, The Kibworth Bookshop; Sandy Mahal, UNESCO Nottingham City of Literature; Will Smith, Sam Read Booksellers; Yasmeen Ismail, author and illustrator (I’m A Girl!, Time for Bed, Fred); Wei Ming Kam, author (contributor to The Good Immigrant), blogger; Natasha Radford, Chicken & Frog Bookshop and Tony West, Alligator’s Mouth Bookshop.