Specsavers National Book Awards

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The Specsavers National Book Awards, or simply National Book Awards — previously known as the Galaxy National Book Awards (2010–11); British Book Awards or Nibbies (1990–2009) — is a British literary award for the best UK writers and their works, as selected by an academy of members from the British book publishing industry. As of 2012–13, the awards are organised and governed by Agile Marketing and sponsored by Specsavers, among others.[1]

The shortlists are created by around 50 individuals from the National Book Awards Academy, who are drawn from retailer chain buyers, independent booksellers, wholesalers and trade press columnists.[2] Winners are then chosen by the entire 750-strong National Book Awards Academy by way of vote. Each member gets one vote per category and the most votes wins.[2] The criteria for a winning book is primarily the appeal, profile and sales impact of the title concerned.[2]

From 2010–11, the headline sponsor was Galaxy. Prior to 2010, it was known as the British Book Awards and was promoted by the UK publishing industry trade journal Publishing News. It was also known as the Nibbies because of the golden nib-shaped trophy given to winners.[3]

National Book Award winners[edit]

Book of the Year[edit]

Starting in 2010, the Best was chosen by the public via open internet vote from among one of the winning books in the other categories. Prior to 2010 the Best was a unique winner.

Outstanding Achievement[edit]

Previously called the Lifetime Achievement Award (1993–2009). Renamed to Outstanding Achievement Award in 2010.

UK Author of the Year[edit]

Previously called Author of the Year. Renamed to UK Author of the Year in 2010.

International Author of the Year[edit]

Children's Book of the Year[edit]

Previously called British Children's Book of the Year. Renamed to Children's Book of the Year in 2010.

New Writer of the Year[edit]

Previously called the Newcomer of the Year. Name changed to New Writer of the Year in 2010.

Biography/Autobiography of the Year[edit]

Previously called Biography of the Year. Name changed to Biography/Autobiography of the Year in 2010.

Popular Fiction Book of the Year[edit]

Previously called Popular Fiction Award. Name changed to Popular Fiction Book of the Year in 2010.

Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year[edit]

Audiobook of the Year[edit]

Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year[edit]

Previously called the Crime Thriller of the Year. Name changed to Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year in 2011.

Food & Drink Book of the Year[edit]

Paperback of the Year[edit]

Retired awards[edit]

The following awards are no longer active.

Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year[edit]

The Children's Author of the Year[edit]

Illustrated Children's Book of the Year[edit]

Illustrated Book of the Year[edit]

The TV and Film Book of the Year[edit]

The Literary Fiction Award[edit]

The History Book of the Year[edit]

The Sports Book of the Year[edit]

The deciBel Writer of the Year[edit]

The Fastest Selling Biography of All Time[edit]

The Travel Writer of the Year[edit]

The Fantasy and Science Fiction Author of the Year[edit]

Bestseller of the Year[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Specsavers announced as headline sponsor". nationalbookawards.co.uk. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c National Book Awards FAQ, official website.
  3. ^ Hoyle, Ben (22 March 2008). "Katie Price shortlisted for WH Smith Children’s Book of the Year". London: The Times. Retrieved 6 April 2008. 
  4. ^ Press Association (26 December 2013). "Neil Gaiman novel wins Book of the Year". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Alison Flood (26 December 2012). "Fifty Shades of Grey voted the most popular book of 2012". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Alison Flood (5 December 2012). "EL James comes out on top at National Book awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Neil Gaiman Wins Specsavers Book of the Year 2013!". nationalbookawards.co.uk. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "JK Rowling Biography". Biography Channel. Retrieved August 26, 2013. "Rowling was named Author of The Year at the British Book Awards in 2000" 
  9. ^ "Entertainment Bainbridge author of the year". BBC. 5 February 1999. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 

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