2023 British Book Awards Shortlists

Locus Magazine, Science Fiction FantasyThe Bookseller has announced the shortlists for the 2023 British Book Awards, including several titles and authors of genre interest.


  • Stone Blind, Natalie Haynes (Mantle)
  • Fairy Tale, Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Babel, R.F. Kuang (HarperVoyager)


  • The Island of Missing Trees, Elif Shafak (Viking)


  • As Long As the Lemon Trees Grow, Zoulfa Katouh (Bloomsbury)

Children’s Fiction

  • Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun, Tọlá Okogwu (Simon & Schuster Children’s)
  • Tyger, SF Said, illustrated by Dave McKean (David Fickling)
  • The First to Die at the End, Adam Silvera (Simon & Schuster Children’s)
  • Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, A.F. Steadman (Simon & Schuster Children’s)
  • Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good, Louie Stowell (Walker)

Audiobook Fiction

  • The Discworld series, Terry Pratchett, narrated by Peter Serafinowicz, Bill Nighy, Indira Varma & Andy Serkis et al. (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • Tyger, SF Said, narrated by Sarah Agha (Bolinda Audio)

Shortlists were also announced in the Book Trade Awards with 17 categories, including a number of publishers, editors, and agents of interest.

The British Book Awards, Also called the Nibbies, “celebrates the intimate connection between the books, their makers and their audience” with nominees in a variety of categories. Winners will be honored on May 15, 2023 through both a livestream and at Grosvenor House in London. For the complete shortlist, see the official website.

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