IBW Book Award shortlist announced




News for release, 27 March 2015:  The Booksellers Association of UK and Ireland (The BA) today announced the shortlist for the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award 2015 (IBW Book Award) which has three categories – Adult, Children’s Fiction and Children’s Picture Book.  The shortlist of ten adult titles and twelve titles in both the children’s categories will be judged by two separate judging panels comprising authors, booksellers and journalists.  The winners will be announced on 20 June 2015 – the first day of Independent Bookshop Week.


The shortlisted titles for 2015 are:



Title Author Publisher
H is for Hawk Helen Macdonald Vintage
The Narrow Road to the Deep North Richard Flanagan Vintage
Elizabeth is Missing Emma Healey Penguin
The Paying Guests Sarah Waters Virago
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari Vintage
Nora Webster Colm Toibin Penguin
The Bone Clocks David Mitchell Sceptre
Please, Mister Postman Alan Johnson Corgi
The Children Act Ian McEwan Vintage
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories Hilary Mantel Fourth Estate


Title Author Publisher
Five Children on the Western Front Kate Saunders Faber & Faber
Apple and Rain Sarah Crossan Bloomsbury
The 13-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton Macmillan
A Song for Ella Grey David Almond Hodder
Opal Plumstead Jacqueline Wilson Corgi
The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge Macmillan
An Island of Our Own Sally Nicholls Scholastic
Running Girl Simon Mason David Fickling Books
Itchcraft Simon Mayo Corgi
The Parent Agency David Baddiel HarperCollins
The Farm Beneath the Water Helen Peters Nosy Crow
The Apple Tart of Hope Sarah Moore Fitzgerald Orion Childrens Books


Title Author Publisher
Shh! We Have a Plan Chris Haughton Walker Books
Bears Don’t Read Emma Chichester Clark HarperCollins
Wanted!  Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar Emily Mackenzie Bloomsbury
A Walk in Paris Salvatore Rubbino Walker Books
Use Your Imagination Nicola O’Byrne Nosy Crow
Blown Away Rob Biddulph HarperCollins
The Something Rebecca Cobb Macmillan
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion Alex T Smith Scholastic
Never Tickle a Tiger Pamela Butchart & Marc Boutavant Bloomsbury
The Way to the Zoo John Burningham Walker Books
The Mouse Who Ate the Moon Petr Horacek Walker Books
Monsters Love Underpants Claire Freedman and Ben Cort Simon & Schuster


Commenting on his shortlist nomination in the Adult category, Alan Johnson said: “I’m delighted to be shortlisted for this prize. Independent bookshops have a profound sense of what their customers like to read which is why I regard this shortlisting as a particular honour.” 

Commenting on her shortlist nomination in the Children’s Fiction category, Dame Jacqueline Wilson said:  “I’ve got a vast collection of books.  They fill every room.  I’ve had special bookshelves built, but my books have long since spilled off the shelves and are piled high in every corner.  I will have to live to 500 to read them all, but I still can’t stop wanting more.  I especially love buying books in independent bookshops.  It’s such a delight to go into a shop with a quirky display in the window, and browse shelves stuffed with special treasures.  The staff are always friendly and informed and we often have lovely chats about our favourite books.  I often come away with specially recommended titles.  Long live all the indies!”

Commenting on his shortlist nomination in the Children’s Picture Book category, Alex T Smith said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion has been shortlisted for this fantastic award. There’s something a bit magical about independent book shops – each one is different, so you never know what you might find on their shelves, which makes buying a book from them seem like the start of a brilliant adventure…”

Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services, The Booksellers Association, said: “The IBW Book Award is now in its ninth year, and every year we are increasingly impressed by the quality of the titles submitted, and gratified by their diversity.    We also had lots of lovely entries for the Children’s Picture Book category, which we introduced last year.  The Award is an integral part of IBW and all the shortlisted titles will be promoted by all bookshops taking part in this year’s IBW.”

The IBW Book Award 2015 will again be at the heart of IBW’s trade and consumer promotional activities.   All shortlisted titles will be heavily promoted to, and by, all bookshops in the UK and Ireland participating in IBW, both during the week and beyond.  High quality POS materials include posters and bookmarks featuring the shortlisted and winning books, which will also be featured on the IBW and BA websites.  Shortlisted authors will also have the opportunity to participate in bookshop events as part of IBW.










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