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 2010-2014.

Book award history[edit]

The British Book Awards or Nibbies ran from 1990–2009 and 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 (2010–11) (sponsored by Galaxy) and Specsavers National Book Awards (2012-2014) (sponsored by Specsavers).[2] There were no National Book Awards in 2015-2016.[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]

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 one of the winning books in the other categories.

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.

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.

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.

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]

  • 2017 – Hello, is this planet Earth?Tim Peake

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

  • 2017 – East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against HumanityPhilippe Sands

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.

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. ^ "Specsavers announced as headline sponsor". nationalbookawards.co.uk. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "National Book Awards homepage". 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. ^ "Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist Wins Specsavers Book Of The Year 2014 Award". National Book Awards. 22 December 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Press Association (26 December 2013). "Neil Gaiman novel wins Book of the Year". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Alison Flood (26 December 2012). "Fifty Shades of Grey voted the most popular book of 2012". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Alison Flood (27 November 2014). "David Nicholls and David Walliams win top prizes at National Book Awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ a b "Mary Berry wins outstanding achievement book award". BBC News. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "JK Rowling Biography". Biography Channel. Retrieved 26 August 2013. Rowling was named Author of The Year at the British Book Awards in 2000 
  13. ^ "Entertainment Bainbridge author of the year". BBC. 5 February 1999. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 

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