Bookshops Unveil Top Books of 2017

Posted on October 9, 2017 by alice. More news

Bookshops across the UK & Ireland have today revealed their favourite books and authors of 2017 across six categories as part of the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards – the only book award curated by bookshops – supported by National Book Tokens.

Best-selling and award-winning writers are among this year’s shortlist, as well as numerous debut authors. New for this year, winners from the Middle Grade (7-11) and Young Adult (12-18) shortlists will be voted for by children and teenagers across the UK and Ireland.

The 2017 Books Are My Bag Readers Awards Shortlist, as chosen by bookshops:

Non Fiction

East West Street by Philippe Sands

Scribbles in the Margins by Daniel Gray

The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrere

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

Travels with my Sketchbook by Chris Riddell

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Renni Eddo-Lodge


Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Popular Fiction

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Munich by Robert Harris

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Young Adult (12-18)

Ink by Alice Broadway

Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais

Release by Patrick Ness

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird

Middle Grade (7-11)

The Letters From the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll

Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl

Radio Boy by Christian O’Connell

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Hannah Horn

The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens & Siobhan Dowd

Who let the Gods Out by Maz Evans

Breakthrough Author

Abir Mukherjee (A Necessary Evil)

Kate Tempest (The Bricks that Built the Houses)

Eduard Louis (The End of Eddy)

Mary Paulson-Ellis (The Other Mrs Walker)

Fiona Mozley (Elmet)

Harriet Cummings (We All Began as Strangers)

The book awards, now in their second year, are curated by bookshops, with booksellers selecting the shortlists in each category. The public will now be invited to vote for a winning title from each shortlist from 6th October until 13th November, with the winners being announced on Tuesday 21st November at an awards ceremony at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, in London. The public will be able to vote in bookshops across the country, as well as online at the following links:

Alan Staton, Head of Marketing & Communications at the Booksellers Association, said: “The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards were greeted with an incredibly warm reception by the public, authors, booksellers and publishers last year, and we’re very excited to see what this year’s awards will bring. The Shortlist is a fascinating insight into the books of the year, as decided by bookshops, and will make for an excellent reference list for those shopping for book lovers this Christmas.”

The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards (#BAMBReadersAwards) are supported by National Book Tokens, and are part of Books Are my Bag – the annual campaign that allows readers to display their love and support for local bookshops. This year Books Are My Bag reached its landmark millionth supporter.

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