Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are back – with 11 Penguin Random House UK titles shortlisted


Two Penguin General titles have been shortlisted for the Beautiful Book Award, part of the 2017 Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, bringing the Penguin Random House UK total to 11 nominations.

Yaa Gyasi‘s Homegoing and The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris are two of the six books that are shortlisted for the award, which celebrates the beauty of the physical book and recognises them as artefacts to be treasured, and is shortlisted and voted for exclusively by booksellers.

The Lost Words artwork was a collaboration between various members of the Penguin General Art Department, as well as co-author Jackie Morris. Nathan Burton, a freelance designer, designed the Homegoing jacket.

These nominations are in addition to the seven Penguin Random House UK books and two authors that were on the shortlist announced at the start of October:

Breakthrough Author Award

Abir Mukherjee (Vintage)
Édouard Louis (Vintage)

Novel Award

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore (Cornerstone)

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy (Penguin General)

Swing Time by Zadie Smith (Penguin General)

Popular Fiction Award

Munich by Robert Harris (Cornerstone)

The Power by Naomi Alderman (Penguin General)

Middle Grade (7-11) Award

The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens & Siobhan Dowd (Penguin Random House Children’s)

Non-Fiction Award

The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrère (Vintage)

The Books Are My Bag Readers awards are the only book awards with shortlists curated by bookshops. Seven of the eight shortlists were chosen by booksellers across the UK and Ireland. The Readers Choice Award – nominated and voted for entirely by booklovers – completes the set.

Read all about the shortlists here and place your vote. Good luck to all our authors and titles!


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