Winners of the 2016 Books Are My Bag Readers Awards

Posted on November 25, 2016 by danielle. More news

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 Books Are My Bag Readers Awards, sponsored by National Book Tokens.


The Readers Choice Award goes to The Good Immigrant – a collection of essays by twenty-one 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 have also been awarded, with shortlists curated by booksellers and voted for by booklovers: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography & Autobiography, Children’s, Breakthrough Author and Beautiful Book.


The 2016 Books Are My Bag Readers Awards winners are…


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



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