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The IBW Book Award 2017 Shortlists

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The Booksellers Association of UK and Ireland (The BA) today announced the shortlist for the Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) Book Award.Judged by a panel of authors, booksellers and journalists, thethree winners – in Adult, Children’s and Picture Book categories –will be announced on Friday 23rd June, the day before the start of this year’s IBW. To support the in-store promotion of the shortlist both during IBW and beyond, participating booksellers will receive high quality POS materials featuring all 32 shortlisted titles, with the award at the heart of IBW’s trade and consumer promotional activities.

The IBW Book Award 2017 shortlists in its three categories – Adult, Children’s and Picture Book – are:





The Noise of Time

Julian Barnes


Days Without End

Sebastian Barry

Faber & Faber

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Yuval Noah Harari


When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi


This Must Be The Place

Maggie O’Farrell

Tinder Press

The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry

Profile Books Ltd 

The Good Immigrant

Various (edited by Nikesh Shukla)


Golden Hill

Frances Spufford

Faber & Faber

The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland

John Lewis-Stempel

Transworld Publishers Ltd 

The Gustav Sonata

Rose Tremain


Shortlist nominee for the Adult Category, Rose Tremain commented:
 “Independent booksellers are heroes of our time.Suffering several hard knocks, many have not only kept going, but recharacterised themselves as oases of intellectual and physical comfort; adding coffee counters, open fires and soft chairs, where books can be browsed in perfect peace. I salute them all.”

​​​​​​​​​​​ Nominations for the Children’s and Picture Book categories are:





The One Memory of Flora Banks

Emily Barr

Penguin Random House Children’s

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth

Frank Cottrell Boyce

Macmillan Children’s Books


Peter Bunzl

Usborne Children’s Books

Strange Star

Emma Carroll

Faber & Faber

The Shadow Keeper

Abi Elphinstone

Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

A Poem for Every Night of the Year

Allie Esiri

Macmillan Children’s Books

The Bone Sparrow

Zana Fraillon

Hodder Children’s Books

How Not to Disappear

Clare Furniss

Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

The 78-Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths; illustrated by Terry Denton

Macmillan Children’s Books

The Wolf Wilder

Katherine Rundell

Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Saint Death

Marcus Sedgwick

Orion Children’s Books

The Painted Dragon

Katherine Woodfine






Odd Dog Out

Rob Biddulph

HarperCollins Children’s Books

The Storm Whale in Winter

Benji Davies

Simon & Schuster Ltd

The Detective Dog

Julia Donaldson & Sara Ogilvie

Macmillan Children’s Books

The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart!

Vivian French; illustrated by Nigel Baines

Barrington Stoke Ltd

Oi Dog!

Kes Gray and Claire Gray; illustrated by Jim Field

Hodder Children’s Books


Emily Gravett

Macmillan Children’s Books

The Darkest Dark

Chris Hadfield; illustrated by The Fan Brothers

Macmillan Children’s Books

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Leigh Hodgkinson

Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

Kate Pankhurst

Bloomsbury Children’s Books

There’s a Tiger in the Garden

Lizzy Stewart

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Bee: Nature’s Tiny Miracle 

Britta Teckentrup

Little Tiger Kids

A Beginner’s Guide to BearSpotting

Michelle Robinson; illustrated by David Roberts

Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Shortlist nominee for the Children’s Category, 
Zana Fraillon said: “It was my local independent bookshop that nurtured and grew my love of reading when I was young. With books waiting for me each week, hand-picked by the most knowledgeable of staff, I couldn’t help but fall in love with stories. It is now my favourite pastime to lose myself in the many bookshops that dot our cities, each one different, each one promising – and delivering – my next wonderful read. Independent bookshops allow readers to find the books written just for them.”

Shortlist nominee for the Picture Book Category, illustrator Jim Field added: “I love independent bookshops, where you can always find hidden treasures. It’s very sad that so many have disappeared from our high streets. The success of the Oi series is due to word of mouth recommendation thanks to the knowledge of independent booksellers. I’m hugely grateful for all the support and whatever the result, it’s fantastic to be shortlisted.”

Both Children’s and Picture Book shortlisted titles will be listed in ‘The Best New Children’s Books’ supplement that will run in The Guardian on the first day of IBW, on Saturday 24th June.

The IBW 2017 judging panel will be chaired by BA President, Rosamund de la Hey.  The Adult Category judges are Anna James, blogger, author and reviewer; Tim O’Kelly, One Tree Books, Petersfield; Fleur Sinclair, Sevenoaks Bookshop and Robert Penn, author, photographer and broadcaster. The Children’s and Picture Book Category judges are David Litchfield, author of The Bear & The PianoAlex Strick, diversity in children’s books campaigner and head of Inclusive Minds; Sanchita Basu de Sarka, Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill and Victoria Rossiter, Rossiter’s Bookshop, Monmouth & Ross on Wye.

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