British Book Awards

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The British Book Awards or Nibbies are literary awards for the best UK writers and their works, administered by The Bookseller. The awards have had several previous names, owners and sponsors since being launched in 1990, including the National Book Awards from 2010 to 2014.

Book award history[edit]

The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, ran from 1990 to 2009 and were founded by the editor of Publishing News.[1] The award was then acquired by Agile Marketing which renamed it the National Book Awards with headline sponsors Galaxy National Book Awards (2010–2011) (sponsored by Galaxy) and Specsavers National Book Awards (2012–2014) (sponsored by Specsavers).[2] There were no National Book Awards after 2014.[3] In 2017 the award was acquired by The Bookseller and renamed to the original British Book Awards or Nibbies.[1]

In 2005, The Bookseller launched a separate scheme, The Bookseller Retail Awards (winners not listed in this article). In 2010, running parallel to the National Book Awards, The Bookseller combined The Nibbies with its retail awards to produce The Bookseller Industry Awards (winners not listed in this article). In 2017 The British Book Industry Awards were renamed as The British Book Awards after it acquired the National Book Awards from Agile Marketing.[1]

It is known as the Nibbies because of the golden nib-shaped trophy given to winners.[4]

Award winners[edit]

Author of the Year[edit]

Year Author Ref.
2018 Philip Pullman [5]
2019 Lee Child [6]
2020 Bernardine Evaristo [7]
2021 Richard Osman [8]
2022 Marian Keyes [9]

Book of the Year[edit]

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

Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
1994 Jung Chang Wild Swans Flamingo
1995 Alan Bennett Writing Home Faber & Faber
1996 Delia Smith Delia Smith's Winter Collection BBC Books
1997 Dava Sobel Longitude Fourth Estate
1998 Helen Fielding Bridget Jones's Diary Picador
1999 Ted Hughes Birthday Letters Faber & Faber
2000 Alex Ferguson Managing My Life Hodder & Stoughton
2001 Tony Parsons Man and Boy HarperCollins
2002 Pamela Stephenson Billy HarperCollins
2003 Michael Moore Stupid White Men Penguin
2004 Lynne Truss Eats, Shoots & Leaves Profile
2005 Dan Brown The Da Vinci Code Corgi
2006 J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Bloomsbury
2007 Con and Hal Iggulden The Dangerous Book for Boys HarperCollins
2008 Ian McEwan On Chesil Beach Jonathan Cape
2009 Kate Summerscale The Suspicions of Mr Whicher Bloomsbury
2010 David Nicholls One Day Hodder & Stoughton
2011 Caitlin Moran How to Be a Woman Ebury Press
2012 EL James Fifty Shades of Grey Vintage Books [10]
2013 Neil Gaiman The Ocean at the End of the Lane William Morrow and Company [11]
2014 Jessie Burton The Miniaturist Ecco (US), Picador (UK) [12]
2015 — (No Award)
2016
2017 Sarah Perry The Essex Serpent Serpent's Tail
2018 Gail Honeyman Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine HarperCollins (UK)

Pamela Dorman Books (US)

2019 Sally Rooney Normal People Faber & Faber
2020 Candice Carty-Williams Queenie Orion
2021 Douglas Stuart Shuggie Bain Grove Press (US), Picador (UK) [13][8]
2022 Marcus Rashford You Are a Champion: How To Be the Best You Can Be Macmillan [14][9]

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.

Year Author Title Publisher Ref.
1996 Alison Sage ed. The Hutchinson Treasury of Children's Literature Hutchinson
1997 Philip Pullman Northern Lights Scholastic
1998 J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Bloomsbury
1999 J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Bloomsbury
2000 Jacqueline Wilson The Illustrated Mum Doubleday
2001 Philip Pullman The Amber Spyglass Scholastic
2002 Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl Viking/Puffin
2003 Jacqueline Wilson Girls in Tears Corgi Children's
2004 Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time David Fickling
2005 Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler The Gruffalo's Child Macmillan Children's Books
2006 Anthony Horowitz Ark Angel Walker Books
2007 Ricky Gervais Flanimals of the Deep Faber & Faber
2008 Francesca Simon Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman Orion Children's Books
2009 Stephenie Meyer Breaking Dawn Little, Brown
2010 Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Zog Alison Green
2011 Patrick Ness A Monster Calls Walker Books
2012 David Walliams Ratburger HarperCollins
2013 David Walliams Demon Dentist HarperCollins
2014 David Walliams Awful Auntie HarperCollins
2015 — (No Award)
2016
2017 Kiran Millwood The Girl of Ink & Stars Chicken House
2018 Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris The Lost Words Hamish Hamilton
Angie Thomas The Hate U Give Balzer + Bray
2019 David Walliams The Ice Monster HarperCollins
2020 Holly Jackson A Good Girl's Guide to Murder Electric Monkey
2021 M G Leonard and Sam Sedgman The Highland Falcon Thief

Feiwel Friends

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2022 Phil Earle When The Sky Falls Andersen Press [9]

Fiction Book of the Year[edit]

Previously called Popular Fiction Award. Name changed to Popular Fiction Book of the Year in 2010. Name changed to Fiction Book of the Year in 2017.

Début Book of the Year[edit]

Previously called the Newcomer of the Year. Name changed to New Writer of the Year in 2010. Name changed to "Début Book of the Year" in 2017.

Crime & Thriller Book of the Year[edit]

Previously called the Crime Thriller of the Year. Name changed to Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year in 2011. Name changed to Crime & Thriller Book of the Year in 2017.

Non-Fiction: Lifestyle Book of the Year[edit]

Non-Fiction: Narrative Book of the Year[edit]

Bestseller Award[edit]

Named Bestseller of the Year in 1991. Renamed Bestseller Award in 2017.

Retired awards[edit]

The following awards are no longer active.

Biography/Autobiography of the Year[edit]

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

Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year[edit]

Audiobook of the Year[edit]

Food & Drink Book of the Year[edit]

Paperback of the Year[edit]

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, notwithstanding the fact the award has been given to non-UK authors.

International Author of the Year[edit]

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]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The British Book Awards – a History". The Bookseller. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  2. ^ "About the awards". nationalbookawards.co.uk. Archived from the original on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012. Before 2010 the awards were known as the British Book Awards. Specsavers became the sponsor of the 2012 awards, the new deal follows the previous 5-year partnership with Galaxy.
  3. ^ "Home page". National Book Awards. Archived from the original on 4 November 2016. There will be no event during 2015 and no date yet set for title submissions.
  4. ^ "About the British Book Awards". The Bookseller. 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Pullman Wins British Book Awards". Locus. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  6. ^ a b Bookseller Staff (13 May 2019). "Sally Rooney's Normal People takes Book of the Year at British Book Awards". The Bookseller. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  7. ^ a b c Flood, Alison (30 June 2020). "Evaristo and Carty-Williams become first black authors to win top British Book awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Anderson, Porter (2021-05-13). "The British Book Awards Name Their 2021 Winners". Publishing Perspectives. Retrieved 2022-07-24.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g Anderson, Porter (2022-05-24). "The 'Nibbies': The British Book Awards Name Their 2022 Winners". Publishing Perspectives. Retrieved 2022-07-24.
  10. ^ Flood, Alison (26 December 2012). "Fifty Shades of Grey voted the most popular book of 2012". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  11. ^ Press Association (26 December 2013). "Neil Gaiman novel wins Book of the Year". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist Wins Specsavers Book Of The Year 2014 Award". National Book Awards. 22 December 2015. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  13. ^ a b c d e Waite-Taylor, Eva (May 13, 2021). "British Book Awards winners: From first-time writers to a teenage activist and a skincare guru". The Independent. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  14. ^ "Marcus Rashford debut wins book of the year". BBC News. 2022-05-24. Retrieved 2022-06-11.
  15. ^ a b c d e Waite-Taylor, Eva (May 13, 2021). "British Book Awards winners: From first-time writers to a teenage activist and a skincare guru". The Independent. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  16. ^ a b "Candice Carty-Williams named first black woman to win top book prize". The Irish News. 29 June 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g Flood, Alison (27 November 2014). "David Nicholls and David Walliams win top prizes at National Book Awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Neil Gaiman Wins Specsavers Book of the Year 2013!". nationalbookawards.co.uk. 26 December 2013. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Flood, Alison (5 December 2012). "EL James comes out on top at National Book awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  20. ^ "Fiction: Début Book of the Year". The British Book Awards. 20 June 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  21. ^ "British Book Awards 2020 winners announced". James Murua's Literary Blog. 1 July 2020. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  22. ^ "Fiction Début of the Year". The British Book Awards. 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  23. ^ a b "Mary Berry wins outstanding achievement book award". BBC News. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  24. ^ "JK Rowling Biography". Biography Channel. Archived from the original on 2 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. Rowling was named Author of The Year at the British Book Awards in 2000.
  25. ^ "Entertainment Bainbridge author of the year". BBC. 5 February 1999. Retrieved 26 August 2013.

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