BookTok authors dominate the British Book Awards 2023 shortlist
The British Books Awards are back with a bang and the shortlists for the 12 categories have some familiar names if you’re a BookTok regular.
The Bullet That Missed, The Twyford Code, Verity, The Satsuma Complex – chances are, even if you haven’t read these fabulous titles, you’ll have heard of them.
The awards recognise the books that have made waves, started conversations and been part of bestseller lists this year and you’ll find household names like Stephen King, Julia Donaldson and Jamie Oliver smashing it as always.
But we’re also very excited to see the likes of Colleen Hoover, Dr Julie Smith, Bolu Babalola, Adam Silvera and R.F. Kuang making the cut as shortlisters – many of whom have gained fans via social media.
The British Book Awards, also known as the Nibbies, are the UK’s definitive
celebration of books and reading.
This year’s winners will be unveiled at a ceremony taking place at
Grosvenor House London on 15 May 2023. We’ve picked our top picks for you to pop straight in your basket.
Fiction Book Of The Year
Love Marriage by Monica Ali, Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes, Fairy Tale by Stephen King, Babel by R.F. Kuang, The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell and Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart are shortlisted for this category.
Our top pick from this category is R.F. Kuang’s historical fantasy epic Babel. Set in the 1800s, Babel is a tale of student revolution and dark academia as well as the true sacrifices change might require under the weight of the British Empire.
Babel by R.F. Kuang, £8.79
Debut Fiction Book Of The Year
Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola, Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty, Trespasses by Louise Kennedy, The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer and The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn are shortlisted for this category.
Our top pick from this category is Bolu Babalola’s Honey & Spice, which is currently taking BookTok by storm. It’s a slow burn romance set in a tight knit Black community at an overwhelmingly white university and is a tale of hope and longing.
Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola, £7.91
Crime & Thriller Book Of The Year
Murder Before Evensong by Reverend Richard Coles, The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley, The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett, Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister, The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman and Bamburgh by L.J. Ross are the titles shortlisted for this category.
Our top pick from this category is The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett. It’s a wonderful puzzle of a story constructed out of voice recording transcripts from an old IPhone. Steven, upon his release from prison, becomes obsessed with the disappearance of his old English teacher.
The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett, £4.50
Discover Book Of The Year
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho by Paterson Joseph, As Long As the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh, Carrie Kills A Man by Carrie Marshall, I’m a Fan by Sheena Patel, Home is Not a Place by Johny Pitts and Roger Robinson and Aftermath by Preti Taneja are the books shortlisted for this category.
Our top pick has to be, without a doubt, Carrie Kills A Man by Carrie Marshall. The memoir details the journey of coming out and trans parenthood in the most bold and honest way imaginable. In Carrie’s words it’s ‘the story of how a tattooed transgender rock singer killed a depressed suburban dad’.
Carrie Kills A Man by Carrie Marshall, £11.95
Pageturner Of The Year
The Summer That Changed Us by Cathy Bramley, Sunday’s Child by Dilly Court, Verity by Colleen Hoover, How To Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie, The Keeper of Stories by Sally Page and The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak are the shortlisted titles for this category.
Our top pick here is Verity by Colleen Hoover. Author of five of the top 10 best-selling novels last year, Colleen writes in a gloriously engaging and riveting way. It’s a dark story-line of secrets, twists and turns and writer Lowen has a tough choice to make. This novel even made our Autumn must-read list.
Verity by Colleen Hoover, £4.50
Non-Fiction Lifestyle & Illustrated Book Of The Year
The Story of Art without Men by Katy Hessel, Menopausing by Davina McCall with Dr. Naomi Potter, One by Jamie Oliver, The Golden Mole by Katherine Rundell, Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Dr Julie Smith and The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg are the shortlisted titles for this category.
Our top pick from this category has to be Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by clinical psychologist Dr Julie Smith. We all could do with learning how to take charge of our emotional and mental health and with these simple solutions to every day problems it’s a must read.
Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Dr Julie Smith, £8.00
Non-Fiction Narrative Book Of The Year
brother.do.you.love.me by Manni Coe and Reuben Coe, A Visible Man by Edward Enninful, Tired and Tested: The Wild Ride into Parenthood by Sophie McCartney, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry, Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries by Alan Rickman and Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne by Katherine Rundell are the shortlisted titles for this category.
Our top pick for this category is the late and beloved Alan Rickman’s Madly, Deeply. From Die Hard to Harry Potter we get a friendly and familiar look into the public and private life of the multifaceted actor.
Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries by Alan Rickman, £11.43
Audiobook Fiction Book Of The Year
Geneva by Richard Armitage, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka, The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman, The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett, Tyger by SF Said and Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart are the shortlisted titles for this category.
The Bullet That Missed By Richard Osman, narrated by Fiona Shaw, is our top pick for this one. This audiobook even includes an exclusive interview between Richard Osman and journalist and TV presenter Steph McGovern.
The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman, narrated by Fiona Shaw, £0.00
Audiobook Non-Fiction Book Of The Year
Parenting Hell written and read Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe, A Visible Man written and read by Edward Enninful, Ten Steps to Nanette written and read by Hannah Gadsby, A Pocketful of Happiness written and read by Richard E. Grant, Menopausing written and read by Davina McCall & Dr Naomi Potter and Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing written and read by Matthew Perry are the shortlisted titles for this caetgory.
Our top pick from this category is Edward Enninful’s A Visible Man. It’s his journey from a childhood bedroom in Ghana overlooking firing squads, to becoming the first Black editor-in-chief of British Vogue. Need we say more?
A Visible Man written and read by Edward Enninful, £0.00
Children’s Fiction Book Of The Year
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde by Jeff Kinney, Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tọlá Okogwu, Tyger by SF Said, illustrated by Dave McKean, The First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera, Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman and Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good by Louie Stowell are the shortlisted titles for this category.
Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good by Louie Stowell, £4.00
Children’s Non-Fiction Book Of The Year
Am I Made of Stardust?: Dr Maggie Answers the Big Questions for Young Scientists by Dr Maggie, A Better Day: Your Positive Mental Health Handbook by Dr Alex George, Girlhood Unfiltered by Ebinehita Iyere, You Can Do It: How to Find Your Voice and Make a Difference by Marcus Rashford and Carl Anka, Queen Elizabeth: (Volume 88) Little People, BIG DREAMS by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and You Don’t Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl From Ukraine by Yeva Skalietska are the shortlisted titles for this category.
A Better Day: Your Positive Mental Health Handbook by Dr Alex George, £5.00
Children’s Illustrated Book Of The Year
What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, The Baddies by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Supertato presents Jack and the Beanstalk by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, The Heartstopper Yearbook by Alice Oseman, Bunny vs Monkey: Rise of the Maniacal Badger by Jamie Smart and Grandad’s Camper by Harry Woodgate are the shortlisted titles for this category.
The Baddies by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, £6.49
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