Best of the Best 



To celebrate 10 years of Independent Bookshop Week, this year we're asking you to help us find the 'Best of the Best' from the last 10 years of Independent Bookshop Week winning titles. 

The Adult and Children’s category winners will now go through to a ‘Best of the Best’ shortlist alongside the previous winners of the IBW Book Award since its launch ten years ago.

The Adult category will be chosen by independent booksellers and their customers, via instore voting cards that will list all previous IBW Book Award-winning titles in the Adult category, including the 2016 winner The Green Road by Anne Enright.  Voting will begin in-store on the first day of IBW, Saturday 18 June, and run until the end of July, with booksellers and their customers invited to choose their one favourite book from the list. Complete and return your voting card and you could win a £100 National Book Token! Winners of the Best of the Best will be announced during September.

The Children’s Category winner now goes through to a ‘Best of the Best’ shortlist alongside the previous winners of the IBW Book Award in the Children’s Category since its launch ten years ago.  A judging panel comprising five children, who have been chosen from over 600 entries in a national competition with National Book Tokens’ Caboodle, will decide on the Children’s ‘Best of the Best’ award. 

We also ask book lovers to vote for the 'Best of the Best' from the Adult category on Twitter under the hashtag #bestofthebest

The winners from the past 10 years:

Adult Category
The Green Road - Anne Enright
The Paying Guests - by Sarah Waters
Life After Life - by Kate Atkinson
A Tale for the Time Being - by Ruth Ozeki
Why Be Happy When you Could be Normal? - by Jeanette Winterson
The Hare with Amber Eyes - by Edmund de Waal
Wolf Hall - by Hilary Mantel
The Secret Scripture - by Sebastian Barry
Notes from an Exhibition - by Patrick Gale
Suite Francaise - by Irene N√©mirovsky

Children's Category
Pugs of the Frozen North - by Philip Reeve & Sarah Mcintyre
An Island of our Own - by Sally Nicholls
Flora & Ulysses - by Kate di Camillo
Wonder - by RJ Palacio
One Dog and His Boy - by Eva Ibbotson
Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex - by Eoin Colfer
Running Wild - by Michael Morpurgo
Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox - by Eoin Colfer
The Sleepwalker - by Robert Muchamore
Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea - by Michael Morpurgo