2 Penguin Random House titles named IBW's 'Best of the Best'

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Edmund de Waal’s The Hare with Amber Eyes (Chatto & Windus) has won the adult award in The Bookseller's Association ‘Best of the Best’ book campaign, with RJ Palacio's Wonder (Corgi) winning in the children's category . The campaign was announced earlier this year as a one-off award to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) and to find the best books in both the Adult and Children’s categories from previous winners of the IBW Book Award.

Independent booksellers and their customers voted via instore voting cards. The IBW Book Award 2016 and the ‘Best of the Best’ campaign were at the heart of the IBW’s trade and consumer promotional activities this year.

Edmund de Waal said, ‘To be amongst this gathering of writers is a huge honour and to win this prize is overwhelming. Independent bookshops are places of encounter and discovery. They are loyal to readers and to writers and I want to express my loyalty in turn to what they do and what they represent so beautifully.’

Speaking of her award, RJ Palacio commented, 'I am absolutely thrilled to have won the Independent Bookshop Week ‘Best of the Best’ award. Wonder has been in great company over the last ten years with the other IBW children’s category winners. I am eternally grateful for the incredible support booksellers have shown me over the years, they took Wonder to their hearts and have been instrumental in sharing the story with readers all over the UK.'

Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services at The Bookseller's Association, added, ‘IBW’s 10th anniversary seemed to be an ideal opportunity to celebrate and showcase once again all the wonderful books that have won the IBW Book Award over the past decade. The quality and range of titles that have won previous awards has always been outstanding and we have two lovely winners in Edmund de Waal and RJ Palacio – congratulations to both authors on behalf of us all here at the BA!'

RJ Palacio receives her award

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