Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:22 GMT

Celebrating a healthy book world

Organised by The Bookseller, the annual British Book Awards celebrates the commercial successes of publishers, authors and bookshops, whilst honouring a shared love of books.

The event celebrates “stunning commercial success alongside [those] making a genuine contribution to the general health of the book world.”

Taking home Author of the Year was Transworld author, Lee Child, whose Past Tense has been described by Penguin Random House UK as “one of the most hotly-anticipated thrillers of 2018.”

Judith Kerr won Illustrator of the Year, while Tim Godfray was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to the Book Trade.

In the publishing world, Penguin Random House UK celebrated success in five categories at this year’s awards ceremony, with Michelle Obama’s Becoming landing Penguin General the highly anticipated Publisher of the Year award as well as the Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year and Audiobook of the Year.

Commended by judges for its “stellar year,” Penguin General also achieved a strong 2018, with 19 different books on the Sunday Times bestseller lists, including Ben MacIntyre’s The Spy and the Traitor, Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton, and Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s The 4 Pillar Plan.

In an event that truly celebrates all things books, the Bringing Books to Readers category recognises the stores promoting literature and keeping the sale of books alive

HarperCollins took home Marketing Strategy of the Year for its work with BOSH! which took home its own award: HQ Book of the Year – Non-Fiction: Lifestyle.

Publicists Louise Court and Lucie Cuthberton-Twiggs were recognised for their work on The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock which judges described as a “total masterclass.” The pair, who helped to make the book the top-selling literary fiction debut of 2018, took home the Publicity Campaign of the Year award.

Emerald Publishing was awarded the Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year; Nosy Crow was awarded Children’s Publisher of the Year; Picador took home the Imprint of the Year award; whilst Faber & Faber took home the Independent Publisher of the Year award.

In an event that truly celebrates all things books, the Bringing Books to Readers category recognises the stores promoting literature and keeping the sale of books alive – Waterstones, Golden Hare Books and WHSmith Travel each took home an award.

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