Sebastian Barry and Eoin Colfer win Independent Booksellers’ Prize

Independent bookshop customers vote for their favourite ‘Book of the Year’ as part of Independent Booksellers’ Week 2009.

Adult category winner: Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture (Faber & Faber)
Children’s category winner: Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl and The Time Paradox (Puffin)

The Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland tonight announced The Secret Scripture (Faber) by Sebastian Barry and Artemis Fowl and The Time Paradox (Puffin) by Eoin Colfer as winners of the nationwide Independent Booksellers’ Book Prize 2009, as voted for by independent bookshop customers, in support of Independent Booksellers’ Week, which ran from 15th to 22nd June 2009.

The Independent Booksellers’ Book Prize – which is organised by The Booksellers Association, the national trade association for booksellers, and is now in its third year of existence – was supported by hundreds of independent bookshops throughout the country. The prizes were presented this evening at The Bookseller Retail Awards at The Natural History Museum, London.

Independent bookshop customers were invited to vote for their favourite book of the year from a shortlist of ten adult and ten children’s books – which were voted for by Booksellers Association members from a long list derived from sales data that specifically relates to independent bookshops. Votes to choose the winners were cast in independent bookshops, by post or by email between mid June and the end of August 2009.

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