The British Book Awards – Part 2 The Winners

The British Book Awards or Nibbies are literary awards for the best UK writers and their works, administered by The Bookseller.

During April I decided to set myself a challenge to read 1x novel from each British Book Award category and review each book.

The winners of The British Book Awards were announced on Monday 14th May For more information about the awards click here!

The British Books of the Year
Shortlists, Winners and What I read…

Fiction

For best fiction I read
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
This was the only book out of the 5 I just could not finish, I really hated the writing style, I felt I had no connection to any characters, I didn’t know anything about the girl who went missing so I just didn’t care about her either, It was really hard to follow as there were so many characters but they were not described at great length and it flitted to one character to the next to the next. This book has already won the Costa Award and last night won best fiction for the British Awards so obviously I am not seeing what others are but I just could not get into it at all!
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The Winner of this category was: Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

The Nominations were:
– The Break by Marian Keyes
– Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore
– Winter by Ali Smith
– How To Stop Time by Matt Haig
– Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
– City of Friends by Joanna Trollope

Fiction: Debut

For best fiction debut I read:
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Click here to read my review
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The Winner of this category was: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Nominations were:
– Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
– Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney
– My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
– Sirens by Joseph Knox
– Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
– Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims

Fiction: Crime & Thriller

For best fiction crime & thriller I read: The Dry by Jane Harper
Click here to read my review
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The Winner of this category was: The Dry by Jane Harper

The Nominations were:
– The Midnight Line by Lee Child
– The Dry by Jane Harper
– Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
– Spook Street by Mick Herron
– He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
– The Girl Before by J P Delaney

Children’s

For best children’s I read:
The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman
Click here to read my review
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The Winner of this category was: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas AND The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane

(La Belle Sauvage actually won the best Audio Book Award yay)

The Nominations were:
– La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman
– The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane
– Oi Cat! By Kes Gray
– Bad Dad by David Walliams
– The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
– Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Non-Fiction: Lifestyle

For best non fiction lifestyle I  read: Happy by Fearne Cotton
Click here to read my review
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The Winner of this category was: 5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver

The Nominations were:
– 5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver
– The Things You Can Only See When You Slow Down: How To Be Calm in a Busy World by Haemin Sunim
– The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, Stories and 100 Essential Recipes For Midwinter by Nigel Slater
– Cooking For Family and Friends by Joe Wicks
– Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions by Russell brand
– Happy: Finding Joy in Every Day and Letting Go of Perfect by Fearne Cotton

Non-Fiction: Narrative

For best non-fiction narrative I read:
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
Click here to read my review
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The Winner of this category was: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The Nominations were:
– Ask An Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space by Tim Peake
– Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
– The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young
– I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death by Maggie O’Farrell
– This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor by Adam Kay
– What Does This Button Do? By Bruce Dickinson

From the five books I chose to read 4 won a British Book Award. Congratulations to all the winners. Some really fantastic British authors out there at the moment, and hopefully I will get time to read more of the books that were nominated and won.

Have you read any of the books that were nominated or won? Don’t forget to click the links to any reviews you wish to read. Thanks for reading Katie x

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