British Book Award Winners 2022

By The British Book Awards - The Bookseller

By The British Book Awards - The Bookseller

The British Book Awards, aka The Nibbies, represent the absolute best of the book trade, showcasing the books, bookshops, agents and publishers who make this industry shine. 

Keisha The Sket: 'A true British classic.' Stormzy

Jade LB

£12.99 £12.34

WINNER Book of the Year - Discover The book clearly resonated with fans, old and new; it is“remarkable” and “should be read widely”, concluded the judges.

Sorrow and Bliss: Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022

Meg Mason

£9.99 £9.49

WINNER Book of the Year - Fiction “It is a publisher’s dream,” a judge commented, “a writer’s dream and a reader’s dream”; “this is what our business should be about” another added. “I’ll stand outside a bookshop for her next book,” one judge declared.

Small Pleasures: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction

Clare Chambers

£9.99 £9.49

WINNER Book of the Year - Pageturner The judges agreed Weidenfeld & Nicolson’s “astonishing publishing” transformed Chambers’ career. A “remarkable achievement”, the judges agreed.

Open Water: Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2021

Caleb Azumah Nelson

£9.99 £9.49

WINNER Book of the Year - Fiction Début The judges were impressed by the publisher’s extensive online media campaign which targeted literary, artistic and Black audiences.

The Dark Remains: The Sunday Times Bestseller and The Crime and Thriller Book of the Year 2022

William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin

£8.99 £8.54

WINNER Book of the Year - Fiction: Crime and Thriller The prequel to William McIlvanney’s Laidlaw trilogy, written by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin, was praised as “bold” and “gritty” by the judges. The Dark Remains saw the 100 pages of notes McIlvanney left before his death in 2015 brought to life by Rankin in a novel which seamlessly blends the duo’s voices—“you can’t see the joins”, noted one judge.

Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain

Sathnam Sanghera

£10.99 £10.44

WINNER Book of the Year - Non-Fiction: Narrative “Brilliant”, “powerful” and “moving” were just some of the accolades given by the judges, who described the book as a “journey of discovery”.

You Are a Champion: How to Be the Best You Can Be

Marcus Rashford

£9.99 £9.49

The judges loved You Are a Champion’s “warm, inspirational” tone, combined with Rashford’s accessible definition of success. Macmillan’s “superb publishing” was “one of the best campaigns I have ever seen”, commented one judge.

Hey You!: An empowering celebration of growing up Black

Dapo Adeola, Sharee Miller, et al.

£7.99 £7.59

WINNER Book of the Year - Children's Illustrated The judges felt Hey You!’s “innovative, emotional” philosophy went beyond the page, inspiring creativity in a stream of new artists. As one judge commented: “This book is the start of a movement.”

The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present

Paul McCartney

£75.00 £71.25

WINNER Book of the Year - Non-Fiction: Lifestyle The Lyrics certainly made an impression on the judges: “A work of art”; “a unique piece of publishing”; and a book that “belongs in a museum, not just our bookshelves.”

When the Sky Falls

Phil Earle

£7.99 £7.59

WINNER Book of the Year - Children's Fiction Andersen Press developed an award-winning marketing campaign, and Earle and the publisher’s “incredibly assiduous attention” to bookshops was praised by one judge. This culminated in an “astonishing” tour the author visited more than 60 shops in publication month alone.

At a livestreamed ceremony at Grosvenor House London on 23rd May, hosted by Lauren Laverne and Rhys Stephenson, the Books of the Year were announced. 


Chair of the British Book Awards judges and The Bookseller’s editor Philip Jones said: "From the advocacy of Marcus Rashford and Dapo Adeolo, to the artistry of Caleb Azumah Nelson, Jade LB and Meg Mason, to the storytelling of Marian Keyes and Ian Rankin, to the history as told by Paul McCartney, Clare Chambers, Phil Earle, and Sathnam Sanghera, this year’s British Book Awards winners show the remarkable breadth and power of publishing today at a moment when the book—and those who make them—delivered.”

Chair of the Book of the Year judges and Books editor Alice O’Keeffe said:“We’re hugely grateful to our panel of judges for sharing their passion and expertise to choose our 2022 British Book Award winners, which showcase extraordinary, unforgettable writing, along with the enthusiasm and inventiveness of the publishers who bring these books to readers everywhere.”




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