Books  |  Mar 19, 2021

British Book Awards 2021 shortlist announced

An array of Curtis Brown authors have been shortlisted for this year’s British Book Awards, also referred to as the Nibbies. More than fifty books have been shortlisted, and the nine ‘Book of the Year’ winners will be decided by separate panels, with judges including comedians Lenny Henry and Mel Giedroyc, TV presenter Konnie Huq, musician Frankie Bridge, MP David Lammy and CBBC’s Rhys Stephenson.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley has been shortlisted in the Crime and Thriller Fiction category, The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré in the Debut Fiction category and Just My Luck by Adele Parks has been shortlisted in the new Pageturner category.

Dara McAnulty’s Diary of a Young Naturalist has been shortlisted in the Narrative Non-Fiction category.

Within the two Children’s Fiction and Illustrated and Non-Fiction categories, Tom Fletcher’s The Danger Gang and Kay’s Anatomy by Adam Kay have both been shortlisted.

Finally, Grown Ups by Marian Keyes and Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi have both been shortlisted in the Audiobook category.

Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, said: “In a year dominated by COVID-19, social distancing rules, and lockdowns, the 2021 British Book Awards will surely showcase the trade’s incredible resilience in the face of the biggest disruption seen since the Second World War. The 2020 awards show was a triumph, and the intention is to build on this for 2021 with an even bigger and better virtual event followed, if we can, by a summer party.”

The winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on May 13th.