8 Penguin Random House nods for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards

The 2016 Books Are My Bag campaign kicks off today with the announcement of the first-ever BAMB Readers Awards shortlist.

Created by bookshops, chosen by book-lovers, the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are a unique new set of awards. They are the only Book Awards with shortlists curated by High Street booksellers, and the only awards voted for by their book-loving customers. Five shortlists have been chosen by booksellers; Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography & Autobiography, Children’s and Breakthrough Author. The fact that these shortlists have been chosen exclusively by booksellers means that they occupy a unique place among awards.

The relationship between books, booksellers and their book-loving customers is the heart of Books Are My Bag, and the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards capture that relationship of trust, recommendation and conversation, perfectly.

Penguin Random House have seven books and one author on the shortlist:

Biography & Autobiography

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham (Ebury)

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson (Transworld)

At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell (Vintage)


The Green Road by Anne Enright (Vintage)


When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanthi (Vintage)

Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton)

It’s All in Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan (Vintage)

Breakthrough Author

Kit de Waal (Viking)


Award-winning designer Coralie Bickford-Smith, (The Fox and the Star, Penguin Press) has designed the collectors’ edition tote bag this year.

Coralie commented: “As a huge fan of the Books Are My Bag campaign, it was an amazing opportunity to contribute to this celebration of British bookshops. Following in the footsteps of Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry was a daunting prospect, but I tried not to let this distract me and set out to lend my own style to the project. The final illustration for the bag was based on my cover for The Fox and The Star, but with the beetles taking centre stage.”

Another element of the campaign is the first ever National Bookshop Day which takes place on Saturday 8th October. For many people bookshops conjure fond images of book readings, in-store cafes and delight at the discovery of a new author. So make sure to support your local book shop this Saturday and celebrate #BookshopDay and #BAMB.

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