Our favourite titles have made the cut (Picture: The British Book Awards 2023)
The British Books Awards are back with a bang and the shortlists for the 12 categories have some familiar names if you’re a BookTok regular.
The Bullet That Missed, The Twyford Code, Verity, The Satsuma Complex – chances are, even if you haven’t read these fabulous titles, you’ll have heard of them.
The awards recognise the books that have made waves, started conversations and been part of bestseller lists this year and you’ll find household names like Stephen King, Julia Donaldson and Jamie Oliver smashing it as always.
But we’re also very excited to see the likes of Colleen Hoover, Dr Julie Smith, Bolu Babalola, Adam Silvera and R.F. Kuang making the cut as shortlisters – many of whom have gained fans via social media.
The British Book Awards, also known as the Nibbies, are the UK’s definitive
celebration of books and reading.
This year’s winners will be unveiled at a ceremony taking place at
Grosvenor House London on 15 May 2023. We’ve picked our top picks for you to pop straight in your basket.
Fiction Book Of The Year
Love Marriage by Monica Ali, Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes, Fairy Tale by Stephen King, Babel by R.F. Kuang, The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell and Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart are shortlisted for this category.
Our top pick from this category is R.F. Kuang’s historical fantasy epic Babel. Set in the 1800s, Babel is a tale of student revolution and dark academia as well as the true sacrifices change might require under the weight of the British Empire.
Babel by R.F. Kuang, £8.79
Debut Fiction Book Of The Year
Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola, Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty, Trespasses by Louise Kennedy, The Satsuma Complex by Bob Mortimer and The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn are shortlisted for this category.
Our top pick from this category is Bolu Babalola’s Honey & Spice, which is currently taking BookTok by storm. It’s a slow burn romance set in a tight knit Black community at an overwhelmingly white university and is a tale of hope and longing.
Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola, £7.91
Crime & Thriller Book Of The Year
Murder Before Evensong by Reverend Richard Coles, The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley, The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett, Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister, The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman and Bamburgh by L.J. Ross are the titles shortlisted for this category.
Our top pick from this category is The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett. It’s a wonderful puzzle of a story constructed out of voice recording transcripts from an old IPhone. Steven, upon his release from prison, becomes obsessed with the disappearance of his old English teacher.
The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett, £4.50
Discover Book Of The Year
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho by …read more