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Winners for the British Book of the Year Awards Announced

Normal People

Sally Rooney's acclaimed millennial romance Normal People (Faber & Faber) has been awarded the overall book of the year at the 2019 British Book Awards which took place last night. 

Rooney secured the top gong despite strong competition from MIchelle Obama, whose mega-selling autobiography Becoming (Viking, Penguin) picked up a brace of awards in the Best Non-Fiction: Narrative and Audiobook categories. 

Normal People has sold 185,000 books for £2.3m according to Nielsen BookScan, and has also won the 2018 Costa Novel Award and the Waterstones Fiction Book of the Year 2018.

In the Children's awards, David Walliams' The Ice Monster (HarperCollins Children's Books, illustrated by Tony Ross) was crowned Best Children's Fiction book while You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed (Wren & Rook, illustrated by Toby Triumph) picked up the Children’s Illustrated and Non-Fiction prize.

Leila Slimani's chilling thriller Lullaby (Faber & Faber) was named Best Fiction Debut of the year, while Our House (Simon & Schuster) by Louise Candlish got the nod for best Crime & Thriller Book of the Year.  

In the Non-Fiction: Lifestyle category, Bosh! (HQ) by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby emerged on top. Margaret Drabble's favourite thriller writer Lee Child was crowned as Author of the Year. 

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Sally Rooney

4.52 out of 5

20 reviews

When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel.

Leila Slimani

4.51 out of 5

6 reviews

They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family's chic apartment in Paris's upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties. The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other.

Louise Candlish


2 reviews

Capital meets Gone Girl in this gripping psychological drama ...

David Walliams, Tony Ross


1 review

From No. 1 bestselling children's author, David Walliams comes his biggest and most epic adventure yet! Illustrated by the artistic genius Tony Ross. This is the story of a ten-year-old orphan and a 10,000-year-old mammoth...Read all about it! Read all about it! ICE MONSTER FOUND IN ARCTIC! When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster - a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole - she's determined to discover more...

Matthew Syed


0 reviews

This positive and empowering guide, by bestselling mindset author Matthew Syed, will help boys and girls build resilience, fulfil their potential and become successful, happy, awesome adults.

Henry Firth, Ian Theasby


0 reviews

`The vegan Jamie Olivers' The Times Want to cook ridiculously good plant-based food from scratch but have no idea where to start? With over 140 incredibly easy and outrageously tasty all plants meals, BOSH! The Cookbook will be your guide.

Michelle Obama

4.37 out of 5

17 reviews

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era.