The British Book Awards 2021 Winners

It is our great pleasure to confirm the winners of the 2021 British Book Awards – or Nibbies – with reigning Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year Shuggie Bain triumphing as both overall winner and debut book of the year.

An uncompromising yet tender and warmly witty exploration of love, pride and poverty, Shuggie Bain charts the endeavours of its eponymous protagonist – an ambitious and fastidious boy from a dire mining town with a thirst for a better life.

 

‘We all agreed that Shuggie Bain is a classic that will be read in 20 years’ time. It is an immensely powerful book and an unusual one too… a very worthy winner from a very strong field.’

Peter Frankopan, JUDGE

The Category Winners

The leading awards for the book industry and unique in rewarding works that are not only brilliantly written but expertly published, the British Book Awards celebrate the breadth of publishing across eight shortlists. This year's list of category winners is also packed with Waterstones favourites, from Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet to The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman, making this a fantastic selection that celebrates the finest writing across a multitude of genres.

Fiction Book of the Year Winner

Fiction Book of the Year Shortlist

The Vanishing Half
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£8.99   £7.49
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The Vanishing Half
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£8.99
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The Lying Life of Adults
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£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Evening and the Morning
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The Midnight Library
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£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Mirror and the Light
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£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Hamnet
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£8.99   £7.49
Paperback

Debut Book of the Year Winner

Debut Book of the Year Shortlist

Ghosts
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£8.99   £7.49
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The Girl with the Louding Voice
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Exciting Times
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£8.99
Paperback
Rainbow Milk
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£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Such a Fun Age
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£8.99
Paperback
Shuggie Bain
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£8.99   £7.49
Paperback

Crime & Thriller Book of the Year Winner

Crime & Thriller Book of the Year Shortlist

The Sentinel
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£8.99   £7.49
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The Patient Man
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£7.99
Paperback
The Guest List
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£8.99
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Troubled Blood
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£9.99   £8.49
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The Thursday Murder Club
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£8.99   £7.49
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A Song for the Dark Times
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£8.99   £7.49
Paperback

Non-Fiction Lifestyle Book of the Year Winner

Non-Fiction Lifestyle Book of the Year Shortlist

Skincare
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£20.00
Hardback
Nadiya Bakes
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£22.00
Hardback
Think Like a Monk
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£18.99
Hardback
Not a Diet Book
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£9.99
Paperback
Five Minute Mum: Give Me Five
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What Mummy Makes
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£14.99
Hardback

Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year Winner

Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year Shortlist

A Life on Our Planet
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A Life on Our Planet
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£9.99   £8.99
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Diary of a Young Naturalist
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£9.99   £8.49
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Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day
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A Promised Land
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£35.00   £17.50
Hardback
Me and White Supremacy
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Entangled Life
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£10.99   £8.99
Paperback

Children's Fiction Book of the Year Winner

Children's Fiction Book of the Year Shortlist

The Danger Gang
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£7.99   £6.49
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The Highland Falcon Thief
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£7.99   £6.49
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Anisha, Accidental Detective
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The Ickabog
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£20.00   £10.00
Hardback
Dragon Mountain
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£7.99   £6.49
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Code Name Bananas
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Children's Illustrated & Non-Fiction Book of the Year Winner

Children's Illustrated & Non-Fiction Book of the Year Shortlist

Draw With Rob
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£6.99
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I'm Sticking with You
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Kay's Anatomy
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£14.99
Hardback
The Lost Spells
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Black and British: A short, essential history
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The Book of Hopes
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Pageturner Book of the Year Winner

Pageturner Book of the Year Shortlist

False Value
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£8.99
Paperback
Rag-and-Bone Christmas
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All The Lonely People
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Darkdawn
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£8.99
Paperback
Where the Crawdads Sing
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£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Just My Luck
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£8.99
Paperback