25 nominations for Penguin Random House at the British Book Awards


The shortlists for the British Book Awards were unveiled this morning (16 March), with Penguin Random House UK receiving an incredible 25 nominations.

This includes four nods in the ‘Imprint of the Year’ category for Viking, Vintage Paperbacks, Penguin Random House Audio and Hamish Hamilton – and two in the ‘Publisher of the Year’ category for Penguin General and Vintage. Two Penguin Random House editors – Simon Prosser from Penguin General, and Frankie Gray from Transworld – have also been named in the prestigious ‘Editor of the Year’ award. 

Penguin Random House marketing campaigns also have a strong showing in the ‘Marketing Strategy of the Year’ category, with the campaigns for Eskiboy (Wiley), Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls (Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo) and The Girls (Emma Cline) all making the shortlist.

In the Books of the Year category we also received 13 nods – featuring in every single category – with three of the six nominations in both the Fiction and Children’s Awards. Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage: Book of Dust Volume One has been recognised in both the Children’s and the Audiobook award categories; the latter for the widely-lauded audio version narrated by Michael Sheen.

The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, honours the commercial successes of publishers, authors and bookshops. Organised by The Bookseller, the Nibbies bring together books of the year with trade accolades, with an overall book of the year chosen from category winners.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 14 May 2018.

All Penguin Random House shortlistings are as follows (and you can find the full shortlists on the British Book Awards website):

Trade Awards

Editor of the Year

  • Simon Prosser, Penguin General
  •  Frankie Gray, Transworld

Marketing Strategy of the Year

  • Eskiboy by Wiley, Cornerstone
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, Penguin Press
  • The Girls by Emma Cline, Vintage Books

Publicity Campaign of the Year

  • Alice Broderick and Harriet Venn (Penguin Random House Children’s), along with Katy MacMillan-Scott, Laura Curtis and Adele Minchin (Riot Communications) for La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman

Imprint of the Year

  • Viking
  • Vintage Paperbacks
  • Penguin Random House Audio
  • Hamish Hamilton

Publisher of the Year

  • Penguin General
  • Vintage

Congratulations to our friends at DK who were also nominated for the Children’s Publisher of the Year.

Books of the Year


  • The Break by Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)
  • Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore (Hutchinson/Windmill)
  • Winter by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

Fiction: Debut

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Viking)
  • Sirens by Joseph Knox (Doubleday)

Fiction: Crime & Thriller

  • The Midnight Line by Lee Child (Bantam Press)


  • La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman and illustrator Chris Wormell (Penguin Random House Children’s and David Fickling Books)
  • The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and illustrator Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (Particular Books)

Non-Fiction: Lifestyle

  • 5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph)
  • The Things You Can Only See When You Slow Down: How To Be Calm in a Busy World by Haemin Sunim (Penguin Life)

Non-Fiction: Narrative

  • Ask An Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space by Tim Peake (Century)


  • La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman, narrated by Michael Sheen (Penguin Random House Audio)

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