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British Book Industry Awards 2016 winners announced

In the UK, the annual British Book Industry Awards have been announced, including the inaugural Books of the Year Awards, reports the Bookseller. Andrew Michael Hurley’s gothic debut The Loney (John Murray) was named Book of the Year and Debut Fiction Book of the Year. Judge Shami Chakrabarti described the win as a ‘great British publishing story of a determined imprint promoting a great new writing talent’. The Loney was originally published by Yorkshire indie publishing house Tartarus Press with a print run of just 300 before being picked up by John Murray. A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara, Picador) won Fiction Book of the Year, with judges praising the ‘radical’ new cover for the UK market; Norwegian Wood (Lars Mytting, trans by Robert Ferguson, MacLehose Press) won Nonfiction Book of the Year; and My Brother is a Superhero (David Solomons, illus by Laura Ellen Anderson, Nosy Crow) won Children’s Book of the Year. In other awards, Transworld was named Publisher of the Year and W H Smith Travel won Book Retailer of the Year. The judges said Transworld ‘publishes the hell out of its books, and it’s hard to think that anyone could have made more out of The Girl on the Train.’ The judges also praised W H Smith Travel’s ‘impressive’ sales growth ahead of the general print market and expansion across the UK and abroad. To see the full list of winners, click here.


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