Winners of The British Book Awards 2024 have been announced this evening during a ceremony at Grosvenor House London hosted by Lauren Laverne and CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson.

The British Book Awards, also known as 'the Nibbies' has been the book trade's leading awards since 1990. These awards celebrate the authors and illustrators that have sparked our imaginations and entered our hearts as well as showcasing the industry behind the scenes that help bring the books to readers with their trade awards. LoveReading was honoured to appear among so many well-known names in this year's trade awards, shortlisted for the Book Retailer of the Year. 

The shortlist for the Book of the Year Nibbies were announced on the 8th March and highlighted the variety found within modern publishing. Judged by leading industry experts, authors, journalists and celebrities, the Nibbies are regarded as 'the BAFTAs of the book trade' and at the buzzing ceremony in London we couldn't wait to celebrate the winners. 

The murder mystery puzzle book that took us all by storm, claimed Christmas No.1 and exceeding all sales expectations Murdle by G. T. Karber won Book of the Year - Non-Fiction: Non-Fiction: Lifestyle & Illustrated and Overall Book of the Year. Karber takes the crown from last year's winners Davina McCall and Dr Naomi Potter for Menopausing

2024 has been a tremendous year for children's publishing, demonstrated with Katherine Rundell's win of Author of the Year. Recent previous winners of this award are Marian KeyesRichard OsmanBernardine Evaristo and Bonnie Garmus. so it's great to see children's fiction celebrated with this win once more and Rundell deservedly joining an impressive list of previous winners. Katherine's new novel Impossible Creatures is a LoveReading4Kids Star Book, we loved this "epic adventure set in a world of wonderful, mythological creatures, sometimes benign but frequently savage". Impossible Creatures won the Children's Fiction Book of the Year and was nominated for a further four awards across the Book of the Year and Trade categories.

Children's Illustrator of the Year was claimed by Jamie Smart, as was the Children's Illustrated Book of the Year Award supported by LoveReading4Kids for Bunny vs Monkey: Multiverse Mix-up. We love the vibrant work of Jamie Smart and his books are regularly picked as Books of the Month and Star Books over on LoveReading4Kids.

Children's publishing triumphed again when Raksha Dave's Lessons From Our Ancestors, illustrated by Kimberlie Clinthorne-Wong was awarded the winner of the Discover award amongst an adult-dominated shortlist.

Rebecca F. Kuang's Yellowface won the Book of the Year - Fiction category. Yellowface "is razor-sharp witty, honest and incisive" with a satirical edge. An overall page-turner it also won Marketing Strategy of the Year and was chosen over BookTok hit Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros and Claire Keegan’s bestselling So Late in the Day.

Although Iron Flame was pipped in the trade awards, Rebecca YarrosFourth Wing claimed the Book of the Year - Pageturner. We were hooked from the first page and it seems so was half of social media, as this fantastical war college with dragons has taken romantasy readers by storm. Fourth Wing is also the first hardback to appear on the Pageturner shortlist since it's inception.

Popular crime thriller author Lisa Jewell was the only author to win in two Book of the Year categories, taking home the Audiobook Fiction Award for and the Crime & Thriller Award for None of This is True.

Alice O’Keeffe, books editor of The Bookseller and overall chair of the Books of the Year, says: "Our judges had their work cut out this year when deciding on the winning titles from the rich and varied shortlists. The British Book Awards 2024 winners, which range from new perspectives on the distant past to twisty crime, from pin-sharp satire to future fantasy classic, from raw memoir to genuine puzzle innovation, each has been brilliantly published, with ambition and flair, and we celebrate them here."

The British Book Awards 2024 Winners:

Book of the Year - Fiction supported by Scala

Yellowface by Rebecca F. Kuang

Book of the Year - Non-Fiction: Lifestyle & Illustrated

Murdle G. T. Karber

Book of the Year - Non-Fiction: Narrative

Politics on the Edge by Rory Stewart

Book of the Year - Children’s Illustrated supported by LoveReading4Kids

Bunny vs Monkey: Multiverse Mix- up by Jamie Smart

Book of the Year - Children’s Non-Fiction supported by The Week Junior Science and Nature

Brilliant Black British History by Atinuke, illustrated by Kingsley Nebechi

Book of the Year - Crime & Thriller supported by Red Hot Chilli Writers

None of This is True by Lisa Jewell

Book of the Year - Début Fiction supported by Spotify

In Memoriam by Alice Winn

Book of the Year - Audiobook Fiction

None of This is True by Lisa Jewell

Book of the Year - Audiobook Non-Fiction supported by Audiobookish

Strong Female Character by Fern Brady

Book of the Year - Children’s Fiction supported by The Week Junior

Impossible Creatures by Katherine Rundell

Book of the Year - Discover

Lessons from Our Ancestors by Raksha Dave, illustrated by Kimberlie Clinthorne-Wong.

Book of the Year - Pageturner supported by Stylist

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

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