2023 British Book Awards Nominees Are Out!

By: Brandon Williams, March 30th, 2023 12:03 pm.

The nominees for the 2023 British Book Awards have been announced!

The British Book Awards, also known as the Nibbies, are one of the most prestigious and highly anticipated literary awards in the United Kingdom. The awards celebrate the best books and authors from the previous year, across a wide range of genres and categories.

The British Book Awards were first established in 1990, and have since become a key event in the literary calendar. The awards are sponsored by the bookselling industry magazine The Bookseller, and are judged by a panel of experts from across the publishing world, including publishers, booksellers, agents, and journalists.

There are a range of categories in the British Book Awards, including Book of the Year, Debut Book of the Year, Fiction Book of the Year, Non-Fiction Book of the Year, Crime & Thriller Book of the Year, multiple children’s book awards, and many more. Other awards that may require explanation include the Pageturner Award for bestselling books over any genre or format and the Discover Award for underrepresented writers.

Winning a British Book Award is a major achievement for any author, and can lead to increased exposure, sales, and critical acclaim. Past winners of the Book of the Year award include Margaret Atwood, David Walliams, and Hilary Mantel.

The British Book Awards ceremony is a glittering event that brings together authors, publishers, booksellers, and literary fans from around the UK. It is a celebration of the best of British literature, and a showcase for the creativity, imagination, and talent of the country’s writers.

The nominees are as follows:

Fiction Book of the Year

Pageturner Book of the Year

Crime and Thriller Book of the Year

Debut Book of the Year

Non-Fiction: Lifestyle and Illustrated Book of the Year

Non-Fiction: Narrative Book of the Year

Discover Book of the Year

  • As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh
  • Home Is Not A Place by Johny Pitts & Roger Robinson
  • I’m a Fan by Sheena Patel
  • Aftermath by Preti Taneja
  • Carrie Kills A Man: A Memoir by Carrie Marshall
  • The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho by Paterson Joseph

Children’s Fiction Book of the Year

Children’s Illustrated Book of the Year

  • The Baddies by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
  • Bunny vs Monkey: Rise of the Maniacal Badger by Jamie Smart
  • Supertato: Presents Jack and the Beanstalk by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet
  • The Heartstopper Yearbook by Alice Oseman
  • Grandad’s Camper by Harry Woodgate
  • What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks

Children’s Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • A Better Day: Your Positive Mental Health Handbook by Alex George
  • Girlhood Unfiltered by Ebinehita Iyere
  • Queen Elizabeth by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & Melissa Lee Johnson
  • You Can Do It by Marcus Rashford & Carl Anka
  • Am I Made of Stardust?: Dr Maggie Answers the Big Questions for Young Scientists by Maggie Aderin-Pocock
  • You Don’t Know What War Is by Yeva Skalietska

Fiction Audiobook of the Year

  • Geneva by Richard Armitage
  • Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett (Narrated by Peter Serafinowicz, Bill Nighy, Indira Varma, Andy Serkis, and others)
  • Tyger by S.F. Said (Narrated by Sarah Agha)
  • The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman (Narrated by Fiona Shaw)
  • The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka (Narrated by Shivantha Wijesinha)
  • Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart (Narrated by Chris Reilly)

Non-Fiction Audiobook of the Year

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

The winners will be announced on Monday, May 15th at JW Marriott Grosvenor House London.

For more information, please visit The Bookseller.

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