The People's Book Prize (UK)

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The People's Book Prize is an annual UK literary award, first awarded in July 2010. There is no panel of judges. Titles are nominated by publishers, and are voted for by the public.

The prize is administered by Tatiana Wilson, an independent publisher, for The People's Book Prize Limited. One of its roles is to recognize the work of first-time authors.


Dame Beryl Bainbridge DBE was the prize's founding patron. Following her death in July 2010, she was succeeded as patron by Frederick Forsyth CBE.

At the launch of the prize at the 2009 London Book Fair, Bainbridge said: "Something like this, this idea – which is absolutely amazing – once it takes off, it will be of enormous importance to writers. I look forward to the time when we mention this particular prize as the greatest – and look back – and remember I was at the meeting at the London Book Fair and think where it has gone! So I wish it tremendously good luck."



Category Author Title
Fiction Lesley Thomson A Kind of Vanishing
Non-Fiction Brett Alegre-Wood The 3+1 Plan
Children David Walliams Mr Stink
The Beryl Bainbridge Award for a First Time Author Adam Perrott Eerie Deirdre Darkly


Category Author Title
Fiction Sara Allerton Making Shore
Non-Fiction Polly Higgins Eradicating Ecocide
Children Henry Fisher When I Dream of ABC TPBP Beryl Bainbridge Award for First Time Author Morag Ramsay Alex McLean Time Traveller
TPBP Special Achievement Award Libby Coleman and Nick Ainley Yes We Can Read


Category Author Title
Fiction Valerie Thornhill In Restoration
Non-Fiction Johan Bakker Behind the Rainbow
Children Giles Paley-Phillips The Fearsome Beastie
TPBP Beryl Bainbridge Award for a First Time Author Daphne Fong Revenge of the Thirteen
TPBP Special Achievement Award David Cohen Calling London


Fiction Interpreters Sue Ecktein Non Fiction One Woman's War Eileen Younghusband Children Ante's Inferno Griselda Heppel TPBP Beryl Bainbridge Award for First Time Author A Guide to Becoming Distinctly Average Amy Elliott-Smith TPBP Special Achievement Award Emails from the Soul William Ayot


Fiction Theatres of War RJJ Hall Non Fiction You've Gone Too Far This Time Sir Danny Bent Children I Think I Murdered Miss Billy Bob Buttons TPBP Beryl Bainbridge Award for First Time Author Turn of the Tide Margaret Skea TPBP Special Achievement Award Proverbs and Sayings in Pictures Helen J. Bate


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