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Books Are My Bag Readers Awards

Curated by bookshops, chosen by booklovers

The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are one of a kind. They're the only book awards with shortlists curated by bookshops - and the only major awards voted for by booklovers.

Launched in 2016, the awards include categories which celebrate fiction, non-fiction, beautiful books, breakthrough authors and books written for children and young adults, with shortlists chosen by booksellers across the UK and Ireland. The Readers Choice Award – nominated and voted for entirely by booklovers – completes the set.


Revealing the winners of the 2017 Books Are My Bag Readers Awards

This year's awards, announced on 21st November, heralded a double win from Adam Kay, whose memoir This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor took home both the Non-Fiction Award and the coveted Readers Choice Award. Matt Haig enjoyed his second year as a Readers Awards winner after taking home the Non-Fiction Award in 2016; this year he returned to pick up the award for Popular Fiction for his most recent novel, How to Stop Time.

The full winners are as follows:



How to Stop Time

by Matt Haig 



This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

by Adam Kay



The Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead



Letters from the Lighthouse

by Emma Carroll


YA (12-18):

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas



Kate Tempest

for The Bricks that Built the Houses



The Lost Words

by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris



This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

by Adam Kay


2016 winners

The Readers Choice Award went to The Good Immigrant – a collection of essays by 21 emerging BAME writers, edited by award-winning writer, Nikesh Shukla.

The Good Immigrant won the public vote, beating The Girl on the Train and A Little Life to the accolade. Examining race and immigration, the book paints a picture of what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that doesn’t seem to want or accept you. The crowd-funded book (which was supported by the likes of J.K. Rowling, who pledged £5,000) explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay, what it means to be mixed race, and where your place is in the world if you’re unwelcome in the place you call home.

Six other major prizes were also awarded, with shortlists curated by booksellers and voted for by booklovers: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography & Autobiography, Children’s, Breakthrough Author and Beautiful Book.



Grief is the Thing with Feathers

by Max Porter  



Reasons to Stay Alive

by Matt Haig



The Road to Little Dribbling

by Bill Bryson



The Detective Dog

by Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie



Joanna Cannon

for The Trouble with Goats and Sheep



The Essex Serpent

by Sarah Perry and designed by Pete Dyer



The Good Immigrant

edited by Nikesh Shukla