The British Book Awards 2023 Winners

It is our great pleasure to confirm the winners of the 2023 British Book Awards – or Nibbies – with Menopausing by Davina McCall and Dr Naomi Potter triumphing as both Overall Winner and Non-fiction Lifestyle Book of the Year.

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 ten shortlists. This year's list of category winners is packed with Waterstones favourites, from R.F. Kuang’s phenomenal Dark Academia bestseller Babel to Katherine Rundell’s magisterial biography of John Donne, Super-Infinite.

Fiction Book of the Year Winner

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One of the leading lights in the visceral grimdark fantasy genre, Kuang's stunningly wrought novel is a compulsive dystopia about the power of language and the evils of authoritarianism, represented by the looming titular tower of translation.

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Fiction Book of the Year Shortlist

Love Marriage
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Stone Blind
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Fairy Tale
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Babel
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The Marriage Portrait
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Young Mungo
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£9.99
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Debut Book of the Year Winner

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A blistering account of encroaching violence and fractured loyalties in 1970's Belfast, Trespasses follows schoolteacher Cushla as she attempts to stay true to herself as her community crumbles around her.

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Debut Book of the Year Shortlist

Honey & Spice
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Lessons in Chemistry
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The Rabbit Hutch
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Trespasses
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The Satsuma Complex
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The Whalebone Theatre
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Crime & Thriller Book of the Year Winner

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With immense ambition and even greater skill, the author of the bestselling phenomenon The Appeal weaves another completely unique and addictive mystery, revolving around a secret code found in a famous children’s author’s work by an English teacher who subsequently disappears, and her former pupil who years later decides to discover what happened to her.

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Crime & Thriller Book of the Year Shortlist

Murder Before Evensong
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The Paris Apartment
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The Twyford Code
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Wrong Place Wrong Time
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The Bullet That Missed
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Bamburgh
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Non-Fiction Lifestyle Book of the Year Winner

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Davina McCall breaks the shameful silence over the menopause in this groundbreaking book which discusses every aspect with candour, rigour and common sense.

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Non-Fiction Lifestyle Book of the Year Shortlist

The Story of Art without Men
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Menopausing
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One
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The Golden Mole
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Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?
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The Climate Book
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Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year Winner

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One of the finest children's writers of her generation turns her attention to the rambunctious life of notorious metaphysical poet John Donne, chronicling his misadventures, myriad occupations and jaw-dropping exploits with gusto, pace and thrilling immediacy.

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Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year Shortlist

brother. do. you. love. me.
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A Visible Man
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Tired and Tested
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Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing
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Madly, Deeply
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Super-Infinite
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Children's Fiction Book of the Year Winner

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From the acclaimed author of Varjak Paw comes a compelling story of a world on the brink of destruction and the magical animal discovered in a London rubbish dump that might just be able to save it.

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Children's Fiction Book of the Year Shortlist

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Overlode
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Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun
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Tyger
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The First to Die at the End
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Skandar and the Unicorn Thief
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Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being Good
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Children's Illustrated Book of the Year Winner

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Delightfully colourful and carrying a warm, positive message of inclusion and love, Woodgate's uplifting picture book depicts a grandad recapturing the adventures of his youth courtesy of his granddaughter.

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Children's Illustrated Book of the Year Shortlist

The Baddies
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What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas
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The Heartstopper Yearbook
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Grandad's Camper
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Children's Non-Fiction Book of the Year Winner

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The Youth Mental Health Ambassador and author of Live Well Every Day presents his first book for children and young people, providing readers with the tools and techniques required to overcome mental health struggles.

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Children's Non-Fiction Book of the Year Shortlist

Girlhood Unfiltered
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Am I Made of Stardust?
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A Better Day
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You Can Do It
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You Don't Know What War Is
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Pageturner Book of the Year Winner

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The bestselling phenomenon and author of It Ends With Us spins the irresistible tale of a struggling writer who discovers more than she bargained for when she accepts an offer to ghost-write an injured author's new work.

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Pageturner Book of the Year Shortlist

The Summer That Changed Us
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Sunday’s Child
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Verity
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How to Kill Your Family
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The Keeper of Stories
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The Island of Missing Trees
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The Discover Book of the Year Winner

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A searing disquisition on human interaction viewed through the prism of one seemingly toxic relationship, Patel's remarkable debut encompasses social media, patriarchal systems and status anxiety into an emotionally visceral whole.

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The Discover Book of the Year Shortlist

Carrie Kills A Man
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I'm a Fan
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As Long As the Lemon Trees Grow
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Home Is Not A Place
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Aftermath
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