British book awards

The Specsavers National Book Awards, or simply National Book Awards — previously known as the Galaxy National Book Awards (2010–11); British Book Awards or Nibbies (1990–2009) — is a British literary award for the best UK writers and their works, as selected by an academy of members from the British book publishing industry. As of 2012–13, the awards are organised and governed by Agile Marketing and sponsored by Specsavers, among others.[1]

The shortlists are created by around 50 individuals from the National Book Awards Academy, who are drawn from retailer chain buyers, independent booksellers, wholesalers and trade press columnists.[2] Winners are then chosen by the entire 750-strong National Book Awards Academy by way of vote. Each member gets one vote per category and the most votes wins.[2] The criteria for a winning book is primarily the appeal, profile and sales impact of the title concerned.[2]

From 2010–11, the headline sponsor was Galaxy. Prior to 2010, it was known as the British Book Awards and was promoted by the UK publishing industry trade journal Publishing News. It was also known as the Nibbies because of the golden nib-shaped trophy given to winners.[3]

National Book Award winners

Book of the Year

Starting in 2010, the Best was chosen by the public via open internet vote from among one of the winning books in the other categories. Prior to 2010 the Best was a unique winner.

Outstanding Achievement

Previously called the Lifetime Achievement Award (1993–2009). Renamed to Outstanding Achievement Award in 2010.

UK Author of the Year

Previously called Author of the Year. Renamed to UK Author of the Year in 2010.

International Author of the Year

Children's Book of the Year

Previously called British Children's Book of the Year. Renamed to Children's Book of the Year in 2010.

New Writer of the Year

Previously called the Newcomer of the Year. Name changed to New Writer of the Year in 2010.

Biography/Autobiography of the Year

Previously called Biography of the Year. Name changed to Biography/Autobiography of the Year in 2010.

Popular Fiction Book of the Year

Previously called Popular Fiction Award. Name changed to Popular Fiction Book of the Year in 2010.

Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Audiobook of the Year

Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year

Previously called the Crime Thriller of the Year. Name changed to Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year in 2011.

Food & Drink Book of the Year

Paperback of the Year

Retired awards

The following awards are no longer active.

Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year

The Children's Author of the Year

Illustrated Children's Book of the Year

Illustrated Book of the Year

The TV and Film Book of the Year

The Literary Fiction Award

The History Book of the Year

  • 2005 – William Pitt the Younger: A BiographyWilliam Hague (HarperCollins)
  • 2004 – Stalin: The Court of the Red TsarSimon Sebag Montefiore (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

The Sports Book of the Year

The deciBel Writer of the Year

The Fastest Selling Biography of All Time

The Travel Writer of the Year

The Fantasy and Science Fiction Author of the Year

Bestseller of the Year

  • 1991 – Delia Smith's Christmas (BBC Books)

See also

References

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