The British Book Awards announce their 2022 winners

The Book of the Year series of 14 content-based British Book Awards includes works from many well-known publishers.

At the British Book Awards, The ‘Nibbies’, at Grosvenor House in London on May 23rd. Image: The British Book Awards video

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Philip Jones: “The Breadth and Power of Publishing”

IAt their annual awards ceremony on Monday evening (23 May), the British Book Awards named Marcus Rashford with Carl Anka as the overall winners of Book of the Year for Children’s Book you are a winner.

Additionally, Marian Keyes was named Author of the Year and Dapo Adeola Illustrator of the Year as the show — aka Nibbies — returned to its pre-COVID-19 venue, London’s JW Marriott Grosvenor House. There, the program has the space and production framework to stage itself with the laser light glitter and noise that its fans enjoy.

The UK leads the international book industry in book and publishing awards – both in terms of the number of awards programs and the enthusiasm for them. This program that is obsessively and skilfully produced every year The Booksellerhas 31 categories this year, 14 of which are content-related and 17 industry awards.

You can see this thanks to a high-quality digital stream of the procedure that we’ve embedded for you below.

As Publish Perspectives Readers know that the 2017 British Book Awards were bought The Booksellerthen under Nigel Roby’s direction, from the estate of publication of news Founder, Fred Newman. Their reappearance earlier this year ended a 13-year hiatus, and the Nibbies have been a Station of the Cross on Britain’s awards pilgrimage every year since.

Phillip Jones

In his role as cHaar the British Book Awards judges, bookseller editor Philip Jones is quoted as saying: 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 Billy Connolly, Marian Keyes, Ian Rankin and Cressida Cowell, to the story as told by Paul McCartney . Clare Chambers, Phil Earle and Sathnam Sanghera, this year’s winners of the British Book Awards, demonstrate the remarkable breadth and power of publishing today at a moment when the book – and those who make it – have been delivered.”

We’ve updated this story (June 5) with the list of the program’s trade industry winners, followed by the more high-profile Book of the Year awards.

‘Book of the Year’ 2022 British Book Awards
  • fiction: Meg Mason, grief and bliss (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Orion)
  • Fiction Debut: Caleb Azumah Nelson, Open Water (Penguin General, Viking)
  • Nonfiction Lifestyle: Paul McCartney, That Text: 1956 up to the present (Penguin Press, Allen Lane)
  • Nonfiction Narrative: Satnam Sanghera, imperium (Penguin General, Viking)
  • children’s literature: Phil Earle, When That heaven falls (Andersen Press)
  • Nonfiction books for children: Marcus Rashford with Carl Anka, you are a winner (Macmillan children’s books)
  • Illustrated for children: Dapo Adeola and 18 illustrators, hey You! (Penguin Random House, Puffin)
  • Discover: Jade LB, keisha the sketch (#MerkyBooks)
  • Crime and Thriller: William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin, That Dark remains (canongate)
  • page turner: clare chambers, Small pleasure (Orion, Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • Audiobook: Fiction Cressida Cowell, Narrated by David Tennant, That wizard from Once: Never and Forever (Hodder children’s books)
  • Audiobook: non-fictionBilly Connolly, Windswept and Interesting (Two Streets, John Murray Press)
Winner of the British Book Awards 2022

Less discussed than the Book of the Year content awards mentioned above are the annual trade awards bestowed by the Nibbies. In fact, these might be the most interesting for our expert readers here Publish Perspectives.

  • Small press of the year: Vertebrate Publishing (we have a 2018 article about an interesting step this house took regarding the gender gap in outdoor adventure fiction)
  • Independent Bookstore of the Year and Children’s Bookseller of the Year: The Bookshop in Crediton, Devon
  • Children’s Publisher of the Year: knight of
  • Marketing strategy of the year: Alexia Thomaidis and Zoe Coxon, e.g open waterPenguin General
  • Bookseller of the Year: Bookshop.org (we have an interview with Bookshop.org founder Andy Hunter from January)
  • Advertising campaign of the year: Drew Jerryson, detransit baby by Torrey Peters, Profile Books
  • Publisher of the Year: Alexandra Pringle, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Retailer of the Year: Kerry Gilmartin, Waterstones
  • Literary Agent of the Year: Becky Thomas, Lewinsohn Literary Agency
  • Designer of the Year: Micaela Alcaino
  • Export: Thames & Hudson
  • Academic, Educational and Specialist Publisher of the Year: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • Rights Professional of the Year: Jessica Niele
  • Imprint of the year: Viper Books/Profile Books
  • Independent Publisher of the Year: Pushkin press
  • Publisher of the year: Simon & Schuster
  • Freedom of publication: HarperCollins and Arabella Pike (this is the first Freedom To Publish Award from the program; read more here)

The full lists of winners in both Handel and Book of the Year tiers can be found here.

This is Publishing Perspectives’ 96th awards report, published in the 98 days since we began operations in 2022 on January 3rd.


More about the British Book Awards can be found here. You can read more from us on the subject of publishing and book prices in general here. And you can find out more about the British book market and the book industry here.

Porter Anderson is a former Associate Editor of The FutureBook at The Bookseller.

Find out more from us about the coronavirus-COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international book publishing here.

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Porter Anderson is a Non-Resident Fellow of Trends Research & Advisory and was named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year at the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He was previously Associate Editor for The FutureBook at The Bookseller in London. Anderson has been a senior producer and anchor at CNN.com, CNN International and CNN USA for more than a decade. As an art critic (National Critics Institute) he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald and the Tampa Tribune, now Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for writers now owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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