Penguin Random House receives 27 shortlistings in the British Book Industry Awards


Penguin Random House UK has received 27 shortlistings in the British Book Industry Awards, including 16 nominations in trade categories and 11 in the new Book of the Year awards.

Three of our publishing divisions, Cornerstone, Penguin General and Transworld, have been shortlisted for the coveted Publisher of the Year award, having each enjoyed phenomenal successes in 2015 with books including Grey and Go Set a Watchman (Cornerstone), Elizabeth is Missing (Penguin General) and Girl On The Train (Transworld).

Our shortlistings include:

Publisher of the Year


Penguin General


Children’s Publisher of the Year

Penguin Random House Children’s


Imprint of the Year

William Heinemann, Cornerstone

Viking, Penguin General

Editor of the Year

Sarah Adams, Transworld

Jason Arthur, Cornerstone

Marketing Strategy of the Year

Go Set a Watchman, Cornerstone

Jack Reacher Week, Transworld

Little Black Classics, Penguin Classics

Roald Dahl Marketing Strategy 2015, Puffin

Publicity Campaign of the Year

Alice Broderick and Lauren Hyett, with Jessica Farrugia-Sharples, Children’s:  The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

Alison Barrow, Transworld:  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Ellie Hughes, Michael Joseph: Penguin: Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups


Fiction Book of the Year

A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson (Transworld)

The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins (Transworld)

After You, JoJo Moyes  (Michael Joseph)

Grey, EL James (Cornerstone)

Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee (Cornerstone)

The Green Road, Anne Enright (Vintage)

Non-Fiction Book of the Year

The Road to Little Dribbling, Bill Bryson (Transworld)

How it Works: The Husband,  Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris (Michael Joseph)

Debut Fiction Book of the Year

Disclaimer, Renée Knight (Transworld)

In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware (Vintage)

Children’s Book of the Year

The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett (Children’s)

The full shortlist is available here: 

Speaking about the new Book of the Year awards, Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Bookseller’s contributing editor, said: “The Book of the Year shortlists showcase the breadth and depth of British publishing and the glorious way that publishing continually shifts and reinvents itself as huge bestsellers come out of left field. In the lists, we have a YouTube star, a 92-year-old author/illustrator, there are books in translation… and who would have ever foreseen the Ladybird [Books for Grown-Ups series] effect? There is also serious history, significant literary endeavours and début novels that hold all the promise of a fine future.”

The Judges

The category winners will be decided by four panels of judges, and a separate panel will go on to choose the overall Book of the Year from the four category winners.

Judging the Début award are Sam Baker, founder of The Pool; BBC Radio 2 producer Joe Haddow; Matt Bates, fiction buyer at W H Smith Travel; and journalist Alex Clark. Judging the Fiction prize are authors Viv Groskop and Sali Hughes; Waterstones fiction buyer Chris White; historian Kate Williams; and BBC Radio 4’s Alison Finch.

Judges for the Children’s category are Booka Bookshop manager Carrie Morris; Waterstones head of books Melissa Cox; Book Trust’s Gemma Malley; journalist Stuart Dredge; and author and The Reading Agency ambassador Bali Rai. Presiding over Non-Fiction are Tesco’s Karen Brindle; Arifa Akbar, literary editor of the Independent; Robbie Millen, literary editor of the Times; and Foyles assistant buyer Gary Powell.

Winners will be announced at a gala ceremony at Grosvenor House on 9th May.

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