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Indie Bookshop Week Book Award 2017 Shortlist

I’m so behind on posting about this, it actually makes me feel a bit sad. I’m sorry I’ve neglected Readaraptor, and I would promise to be better, but it may not be a promise I can keep so thank you if you’re still reading!

Anyway, on to the news at hand. I saw on twitter last night that the fabulous Indie Bookshop Week will be upon us next month! This is an awesome week and I always try (but sometimes fail) to get to one of my favourite Indie’s that week. My firm favourite is Storyteller’s Inc in St Anne’s but as thats a hefty 45 minute drive, Ebb & Flo in Chorley is my more convenient choice!

As part of the Week in question there has been an Indie Bookshop Week Book Award for, I believe, the last 10 years. The award is split into three categories; children book, adult book and picture book. The picture book category is newer but is probably my most relevant these days and thats the category where I’ve read multiple books in the shortlist.

The shortlist of this years IBW Book Award was announced last week and I wanted to share the shortlists with you… just in case you also live under a rock and have missed them!

Picture book:

Odd Dog Out – Rob Biddulph
The Storm Whale in Winter – Benji Davies
The Detective Dog – Julia Donaldson & Sara Ogilvie
The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart! – Vivian French; illustrated by Nigel Baines
Oi Dog! – Kes Gray and Claire Gray; illustrated by Jim Field
Tidy – Emily Gravett
The Darkest Dark – Chris Hadfield; illustrated by The Fan Brothers
Are You Sitting Comfortably? – Leigh Hodgkinson
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World – Kate Pankhurst
There’s a Tiger in the Garden – Lizzy Stewart
Bee: Nature’s Tiny Miracle – Britta Teckentrup
A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting – Michelle Robinson; illustrated by David Roberts










These all look and sound amazing. I’ve only read two of them, Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph and Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World by Kate Pankhurst, but loved them both. I’ve read Odd Dog Out multiple times and its actually the book I came online to write my review for when I saw the IBW Book Award news – so you’ll just have to wait for it! The rest are all firmly on my ‘to buy’ list for Spike now too!

Adult book:

The Noise of Time – Julian Barnes
Days Without End – Sebastian Barry
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow – Yuval Noah Harari
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
This Must Be The Place – Maggie O’Farrell
The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
The Good Immigrant – edited by Nikesh Shukla
Golden Hill – Frances Spufford
The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland – John Lewis-Stempel
The Gustav Sonata – Rose Tremain







I’ve not read any of these, and to be honest it’s doubtful I will. I’ve never been a massive adult book reader but I have heard amazing things about a few of these authors, including Julian Barnes, Sebastian Barry and Maggie O’Farrell.

Children’s Books:

The One Memory of Flora Banks– Emily Barr
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth – Frank Cottrell Boyce
Cogheart – Peter Bunzl
Strange Star – Emma Carroll
The Shadow Keeper – Abi Elphinstone
A Poem for Every Night of the Year– Allie Esiri
The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon
How Not to Disappear – Clare Furniss
The 78-Storey Treehouse – Andy Griffiths; illustrated by Terry Denton
The Wolf Wilder – Katherine Rundell
Saint Death – Marcus Sedgwick
The Painted Dragon – Katherine Woodfine







I should have read more of these. I know I should have. What makes it worse is I know I have at least 3 of them in the other room, waiting to be read. Even knowing how incredible some of these authors are makes this category a difficult one but I know if it was an award I could vote on Emma Carroll would get my vote every time. She’s an incredible author and not recognised enough for her amazing way with words! I’ve read all of Emma’s other books and the book prior to The Shadow Keeper by Abi Elphinstone. Other authors I’ve read on this list include Marcus Sedgwick, Clare Furniss and Frank Cottrell Boyce – all brilliant authors! I think I might make this list my ‘to definitely read in 2017’ list tbh!

Good luck to all the incredible authors shortlisted for this award! I ‘ll be keeping an eye out for the winners on June 28th!


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