British Book Awards Reveals Shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year

By February 21, 2019 Literary Awards, News

We all love an independent bookshop and thankfully the UK is still full of these little treasures in almost every town. The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, has revealed the regional shortlists for the 2019 Independent Bookshop of the Year, an award that is sponsored by Gardners Books.

The Bookseller reports that in all, forty-eight bookshops are competing, from nine regions of the UK and are all hoping to win in their local area before going forward to compete for the overall, nationwide prize.

Here are the shortlisted books for each region. We have some of the bookshops listed in our bookshop section so the ones featured are linked:


The Maynooth Bookshop
Woodbine Books
The Blessington Bookstore
Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop


The Highland Bookshop
The Edinburgh Bookshop
Lighthouse Bookshop
Golden Hare Books
Far from the Madding Crowd
The Bookmark


Chepstow Books & Gifts
Cover to Cover
Griffin Books


Five Leaves Bookshop
Burway Books
Button & Bear Children’s Bookshop


Walkers Books
Rogan’s Books
The Book Hive
Niche Comics & Bookshop
Woodbridge Emporium
Harris & Harris Books

South West:

Falmouth Bookseller
Hunting Raven Books
St Ives Bookseller
Gullivers Bookshop
Crediton Community Bookshop
Edge of the World Bookshop

South East:

Coles Books
Sevenoaks Bookshop
Mostly Books
October Books
Red Lion Books
The Wallingford Bookshop


Forum Books
White Rose BookCafe
The Little Ripon Bookshop
Drake – The Bookshop
The Book Corner Halifax


Gay’s the Word
Ink@84 Books
Phlox Books
Moon Lane Books
Burley Fisher Books
The Kew Bookshop
Newham Bookshop

The final award will be handed out at the British Book Awards run by the Bookseller in Grosvenor House, London on 13th May. Before that, in march one winner will be announced per region and the final winner will be selected from that short, shortlist.

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