Books Are My Bag Readers Awards and National Bookshop Day

Books Are My Bag (BAMB) is a national campaign championing the high street, independent bookshop. They run a variety of events to highlight the wonders of book shops and today sees the announcement of the BAMB Readers Awards. This set of awards is curated by High Street booksellers and voted for by the public.


The categories and shortlists are:

Biography & Autobiography
Alive Alive Oh! by Diana Athill
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink
The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham

One by Sarah Crossan
Beetle Boy by MG Leonard
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
The Loney by Andrew Hurley
This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon (click on the link to see my review)
The Muse by Jessie Burton
The Green Road by Anne Enright

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
SPQR by Mary Beard
The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanthi
Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane
It’s All in Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan

Breakthrough Author*
Joanna Cannon; The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Andrew Michael Hurley; The Loney
Lisa McInerney; The Glorious Heresies
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan; Harmless Like You
Amy Liptrot; The Outrun
Han Kang; The Vegetarian
Kit de Waal; My Name is Leon
Abi Elphinstone; The Shadow Keeper

(*this award is for the author rather than the title)

To vote for your favourites visit the National Book Tokens website and be entered into a prize draw to win one of ten £100 National Book Tokens. Voting closes on 14th November and the winners will be announced on 24th November 2016.

Follow the awards on Twitter by following #BAMBReadersAwards

Good luck to all the nominees and get voting.

Find out more about BAMB on their website.

Saturday 8th October sees National Bookshop Day. Visit your bookshop for events in store or visit the BAMB website for online events. There may be chance to pick up one of the new BAMB totebags too!


Follow the festivities on Twitter by following #bookshopday

Happy shopping!

(all information from the BAMB website)




4 Comments Add yours

  1. Loved Alive, Alive Oh! and Harmless Like You. Off to vote now!


    1. janetemson says:

      I’ve not read either of those but I do have a copy of Harmless Like You that I may have to push up the TBR 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Joanna Cannon’s novel is wonderful. Landmarks is a fabulous and fascinating book, too, if you love nature and learning about the way our relationship with landscape is changing our language. Wonderful stuff!


    1. janetemson says:

      I adore The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, it is definitely worthy of being on the shortlist. I’ll have to check out Landmarks, thanks for the suggestion 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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