IBW Book Awards 2019 shortlist announced

News - Prizes Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Independent Bookshop Week reveals authors shortlisted for IBW Book Awards; 34 books across adult, children's and picture books chosen

Independent Bookshop Week has announced the 2019 shortlist for the Independent Bookshop Week awards, which are voted for by independent booksellers and are intended to celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, which takes place June 15-22. The authors shortlisted span three categories - adult, children's, and picture book - and include Stephen Fry, Pat Barker and Julia Donaldson. The full shortlists are:-

The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker (Penguin)
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, Imogen Hermes Gowar (Vintage)
Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading, Lucy Mangan (Square Peg)
Educated, Tara Westover (Windmill Books)
The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story, Christie Watson (Vintage)
Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold, Stephen Fry (Penguin)
The Salt Path, Raynor Winn (Penguin)
Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees, Thor Hanson (Icon Books)
Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, Afua Hirsch (Vintage)
Diversify: How to Challenge Inequality and Why We Should, June Sarpong (HQ)

The Skylarks' War, Hilary McKay (Macmillan Children's Books)
Moonrise,Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
The Steam Whistle Theatre Company, Vivian French (Walker Books)
The Storm Keeper's Island, Catherine Doyle (Bloomsbury)
The Weight of a Thousand Feathers, Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)
The Train to Impossible Places, P.G. Bell, illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino (Usborne)
Our Castle by the Sea, Lucy Strange (Chicken House)
The Day I was Erased, Lisa Thompson (Scholastic)
The Clockwork Crow, Catherine Fisher (Firefly Press)
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow, Jessica Townsend (Orion Children's Books)
The Boy at the Back of the Class, Onjali Q. Raúf, illustrated by Pippa Curnick (Orion Children's Books)
No Ballet Shoes in Syria, Catherine Bruton (Nosy Crow)

Franklin's Flying Bookshop, Jen Campbell, illustrated by Katie Harnett (Thames & Hudson)
Under the Same Sky, Britta Teckentrup (Caterpillar Books)
The King Who Banned the Dark, Emily Haworth-Booth (Pavilion Children's Books)
Ruby's Worry, Tom Percival (Bloomsbury)
The Cook and The King, Julia Donaldson, illustrated by David Roberts (Macmillan Children's Books)
The Girls, Lauren Ace, illustrated by Jenny Løvlie (Caterpillar Books)
Everybody's Welcome, Patricia Hegarty, illustrated by Greg Abbott (Caterpillar Books)
Girls Can Do Anything, Caryl Hart, illustrated by Ali Pye (Scholastic)
You’re Called What?!, Kes Gray, illustrated by Nikki Dyson (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Little Bear's Spring, Elli Woollard, illustrated by Briony May Smith (Macmillan Children's Books)
If All the World Were…, Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)
All the Ways to be Smart, Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Scribble)

The winners will be announced on 14 June, and shortlisted authors including Catherine Bruton, Lauren Ace and Joseph Coelho will be taking part in events to celebrate Independent Bookshop week. The judging panels will be chaired by Nic Bottomley and Vanessa Lewis, and will include booksellers Jo Coldwell (Red Lion Books), Sarah Dennis (Mostly Books), James Cross (Rogan's Books) and Urmi Merchant (Pickled Pepper Books), journalists Sian Cain and Imogen Russell Davis, and authors Steve Antony and Vaseem Khan.

Catherine Doyle said: "Independent bookshops occupy a vital and special place in our culture. They are treasure troves, unique and vibrant and underpinned, always, by a boundless passion for stories that is both infectious and inviting. I feel particularly lucky that The Storm Keeper's Island has been so wonderfully embraced by independent bookshops this past year and look forward to visiting even more in the months ahead!"

Elli Woollard said: "I feel hugely honoured that some of the best booksellers in the country have shortlisted Little Bear's Spring for the IBW Book Award. Independent booksellers are the lifeblood of the book industry. Passionate, knowledgeable and above all immensely dedicated, they know exactly what books to recommend to their customers...They can encourage you to read not only the books you've always wanted to read, but also those that you never before knew that you wanted to read, those books which seem to have been written specially for you and which become little parts of your soul…long may they continue to do their outstanding work!"

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