The inaugural British Book Industry Awards’ Book of the Year shortlists – covering Children’s, Début Fiction, Fiction and Non-fiction – showcase the “glorious way that publishing continually shifts and reinvents itself”, chair of judges Cathy Rentzenbrink has said.
Revealed today, the lists consist of eight books in each of the four categories. The awards honour not just the author and illustrator of a title, but the entire team, from editor to publicity to sales, and all those in between. Among the books making the shortlist are Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman (William Heinemann), Joe Wicks’ Lean in 15(Bluebird), and Terry Pratchett’s The Shepherd’s Crown (Doubleday Children’s). One author, Matt Haig, has two books on the shortlists.
Judges for the Children’s category are Booka Bookshop manager Carrie Morris; Waterstones head of books Melissa Cox; Book Trust’s Gemma Malley; journalist Stuart Dredge; and author and The Reading Agency ambassador Bali Rai. Presiding over Non-Fiction are Tesco’s Karen Brindle; Arifa Akbar, literary editor of the Independent; Robbie Millen, literary editor of the Times; and Foyles assistant buyer Gary Powell.
The British Book Industry Awards take place on 9th May in London. For more information and to book, click here.