Kate Atkinson and Nicola Davies were delighted to be presented with their IBW Book Awards at The Edinburgh Bookshop (with owner Marie Moser) and Book-ish in Crickhowell (with owner Emma Corfield) respectively.

Independent Booksellers Week ended with a bang – not only did we have the Bookseller magazine front cover, but the week culminated on Saturday with the Bookshop Crawl, which not only generated a lot of social media coverage – particularly those bloggers who were out in force in London – but also sent quite a lot of people into bookshops to buy books.  Here is a selection of the blogs and posts about the Crawl so far:







And here are some more photos!  Remember the full roundup of IBW bookshop pictures is on the BA Facebook page http://tinyurl.com/nmly6ds


Staff at Looking Glass, Edinburgh

Guest Bookseller Feature at Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh

Yasmeen Ismail at Chicken & Frog Bookshop

Horrid Henry at Chapter One Bookshop

Carys Bray at Formby Books

HarperCollins publishers bedecked their staff cafe with IBW POS! Fantastic!

Jeremy Paxman at Hungerford Bookshop


So says the IBW roundup article in the Bookseller magazine!  And who are we to argue?  The Bookseller has dedicated its front cover to IBW too, so indies certainly rule this week!  Here are some more images – though the BEST picture round up is here - http://tinyurl.com/nmly6ds 

Bridge Bookshop, Isle of Man

IBW Great Bookshop Debate at Foyles 2nd July

Queue at Goldsboro Books, Cecil Court, London, for signed Robert Galbraiths

J&G Innes in St Andrews

Paula Leyden at Stone House Books

Bookish Crickhowell holds an IBW Literary Pub Quiz

The Unknown Unknown at Steyning Bookshop

Uplands Bookshop

Wally at Little Mouse Bookshop

Debi Gliori At News From Nowhere

Cas Lester at Urmston Bookshop

Bookseller Front Cover

More photos are coming in from bookshop events.

Far From the Madding Crowd, Linlithgow

Burway Books

Southcart Books

Sara Bowers at Steyning Bookshop with Wally

Cover to Cover, Mumbles

David Nobbs at Little Ripon Bookshop

Caxton Books & Gallery, Frinton

Bundle of Books, Herne Bay

Author visits Stone House Books, Ireland

Gullivers Bookshop Tshirt Modelling!

Booksellers at Watermark, Kings Cross

Ebb & Flo Window

Ebb & Flo Bookshop shelves

Mark Forsyth at Jaffe & Neale, Chipping Norton

Debi Gliori illustration in a school with SIlverdell Bookshop

We are getting lots of lovely photos in from bookshops of their events so far.  Here’s a roundup.

Ned Boulting at Grove Bookshop Event

Harris & Harris, Clare, Suffolk

Bikes and Books at Simply Books, Bramhall

Booka, Oswestry

Fabulous window at the Bookshop, Kibworth

IBW Cakes at Jarrolds, Norwich

The staff at Jarrold, Norwich, embrace the orange!

Leaf Bookshop, Hertford

Barker & Jones, Naas, Ireland

Sarah Clarke, Torbay Bookshop

Saturday was the first day of IBW and got off to a flying start – coverage for IBW Guardian Guide to Children’s Books, the announcement of the IBW Book Award winners, the publication of the IBW essay, The Unknown Unknown by Mark Forsyth  - all this got IBW in the news, and trending on Twitter!

The first bookshop photos are coming in – here’s a selection!

Golden Hare Edinburgh

Print Point, Isle of Bute

IBW 2013 – Mumbles Bookshop with IBW Tshirts

Golden Hare, Edinburgh

Julia Earle at Chicken & Frog Bookshop

Gullivers Bookshop, Wimborne, Dorset

Totnes Bookshop


The Booksellers Association of UK and Ireland (The BA) today announced the winners for the Independent Booksellers Week Book Award 2014 (IBW Book Award) which, for the first time this year includes three categories – Adult, Children’s Fiction and, new for 2014, Children’s Picture Book.   The winners are:





Adult Category:

  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Black Swan)

 Children’s Fiction category:

  • Flora & Ulysses by Kate Di Camillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell (Walker Books)

Children’s Picture Book category:

  • A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mark Hearld (Walker Books)

 There were ten adult titles and twelve titles in each of the children’s categories on the shortlists, which were selected by independent booksellers from nominations put forward by publishers.

The winning titles were judged by two separate judging panels comprising authors, booksellers and journalists, and the judging panels were chaired by the BA’s Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services.

 Meryl Halls, Head of Membership Services, Booksellers Association, said: “The winning books were chosen after much debate around each of the very strong, and varied, shortlists.  They are all perfect titles for independent booksellers to be enthusiastic about and hand sell.  The judges have chosen fantastic winners, and we are delighted to be able to showcase these books during IBW.”

 The judges praised the ambition, wit and breathtaking clarity in the way Kate Atkinson evokes wartime Britain and English family life in Life After Life, a novel that spans the most turbulent events of the 20th century in the run up to its second cataclysmic war.    Kate Atkinson will be at the Edinburgh Bookshop on 9th July when she will be presented with her IBW Book Award.

Kate Atkinson, winner of the Adult category, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Life After Life has won the IBW Book Award.  Independent booksellers have been a vital part of supporting my books and creating that essential word of mouth for all great writing. They are so knowledgeable and read so much.  I am enormously grateful for all the work they continue to do.”

 For the Children’s category, Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses tells the unusual story of Ulysses, the poetry-writing squirrel, in a book that the judges said is brimming with warmth, wit, charm and quirky humour – with both child and adult appeal either as a shared or more challenging solo read.

 Kate DiCamillo, author of Flora & Ulysses, winner of the Children’s category, said: “Flora and Ulysses is a story about superpowers and poetry and friendship.  And booksellers have consistently given all of those things to me.  I am absolutely thrilled with this honour.  I am (truthfully) a little bit undone.  Thank you.”    Kate DiCamillo is based in Minneapolis.

 The inaugural Children’s Picture Book category award was given to Nicola Davies for A First Book of Nature, praised by the judges for its inspiring text, stunning illustration, superb design and quality production – a “perfect marriage of words and stunning illustrations.”

Nicola Davies, author, A First Book of Nature, winner of the Children’s Picture Book category, said: “I couldn’t be more delighted about this prize from the people who know the most about books. Indy bookshops are the future because they offer guidance through the sea of books we don’t want to read to the ones we DO, instead of just throwing us in without a float or a compass like the big sellers do.”

This year’s judges for the Adult Category were Patrick Neale, Jaffe & Neale,  Sheila O’Reilly, Dulwich Books; Lisa Bywater, Foyles; Eithne Farry, book reviewer, Daily Mail and Sunday Express; and Rachel Joyce, author.  Both Children’s Categories were judged by Patrick Neale, Jaffe & Neale, Katie Clapham, Storytellers Inc, Lytham St Annes; Jenny Morris, ex-Lion and Unicorn bookshop; Brough Girling, Founder, Readathon; and Elen Caldecott, author.  The judging panels were chaired by BA Head of Membership Services, Meryl Halls.

 The winners of the IBW Book Award 2013 were A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate) for the Adult category and Wonder by RJ Palacio (Corgi Children’s) for the Children’s category.


NEWS FOR RELEASE:  June 2014:  Independent Booksellers Week (IBW) will run from 28th June-5th July – Throughout the week independent booksellers up and down Britain will be hosting hundreds of events with many of the UK’s most celebrated authors including Mark Forsyth, Sol Campbell, Peter James and Margaret Drabble.  Here is the list of events we know about so far taking place up and down the UK for IBW 2014:


 SOL CAMPBELL at Chorleywood Bookshop, Hertfordshire

Saturday 28th June, 11:00

The ex-England defender will be signing copies of his autobiography – all drinks proceeds will be donated to Sol’s chosen charity Kids Go Live.


JOANNE PHILLIPS at Bookshrop, Shropshire

Saturday 28th June, 11:00

Author of Can’t Live Without and The Family Trap will be signing copies of her fantastic new novel Cupid’s Way.


JANE ISAAC at BeaconLit Bucks Literary Festival, Buckinghamshire

Saturday 28th June, 16:00

Crime Fiction Author

Sponsored by Chorleywood Bookshop

www.beaconlit.co.uk ? www.chorleywoodbookshop.co.uk

BARBARA TRAPIDO at Bladon Church, Oxfordshire

Saturday 28th June

Author of Brother of the More Famous Jack, Frankie and Stankie, and more

Hosted by Woodstock bookshop


HARROD ROBBINSON at Epping Bookshop, Essex

Saturday 28th June, 14:00

The crime fiction author will be signing copies of his latest book Micha Seven Five.


PHILIP HENSHER at Gay’s The Word Bookshop, London

Sunday 29th June, 16:00

The English novelist, critic and journalist reads from The Emperor Waltz


 MARK KERMODE at Dr Challoners High School, Buckinghamshire

Monday 30th June, time tbc.

Film Critic and Author of Hatchet Job: Love Movies Hate Critics

Hosted by Chorleywood Bookshop


SIMON GARFIELD at Winstone’s Bookshop, Dorset

Monday 30th June, 18:30

Talk on To the Letter followed by Q&A


NINA STIBBE at The Bookshop Kibworth, Leicestershire

Tuesday 1st July, 19:00

Bestselling author of Love, Nina will be joined by her sister to discuss the book and give a sneak preview of her upcoming August title, Man at the Helm.


CAROLINE TAGGART at Chorleywood Memorial Hall, Hertfordshire

Wednesday 2nd July, 14:00

Author and Good lover behind A Slice of Britain

Hosted by Chorleywood bookshop


MARGARET MURPHY aka A.D.GARRETT at Lingham Booksellers , Merseyside

Wednesday 2nd July, 18:00

Join one half of the acclaimed crime pseudonym A.D.Garrett as she launched their new crime fiction novel Believe No-One.


ELIZABETH DAY and KERRY YOUNG, at Caxton Books, Essex

Thursday 3rd July, 18:30

Join the two Bloomsbury Authors as they talk about their own titles, Home Fries and Gloria


 GRAHAM JONES at Chapter One, Berkshire

Thursday 3rd July, 18:30

Author of The Last Shop Standing


EVIE WYLD in Conversation with LAURA BEATTY at Dulwich Books, SE London

Evie Wyld, author of All the Birds, Singing in conversation with Laura Beatty, author of Darkling

Thursday 3rd July, 19.30


SALLY GREEN at Storytellers Inc. Lancashire

Thursday 3rd July, 19:00

Debut Author of Half Bad


JILL MANSELL, VERONICA HENRY and SHEILA O’FLANNAGAN at Chorleywood Bookshop, Hertfordshire

Join these fabulous authors for a Girls Night In

Wednesday 4th July, 19.30


JEREMY PAXMAN at The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

Thursday 3rd July, 18.40

Well-known Broadcaster and Author

Hosted by City Books


PETER JAMES at Dr Challoners High School, Buckinghamshire

Thursday 3rd July, 19:30

The Sunday Times best-selling author of the Roy Grace Series

Hosted by Chorleywood Bookshop


MARK FORSYTH at Red Lion Books, Colchester

Friday 4th July, 19:30

The Sunday Times best-seller and author of IBW commission Essay, The Unknown Unknown:  Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted (Icon Books)


MARGARET DRABBLE DBE, FRSL at Brendon Books, Somerset

Friday 4th July, 19:00

Author of The Pure Gold Baby



IBW Burn This Book: Freedom to write/Freedom to Read’ Literary Salon

Friday 4th July, times tbc.


MARK FORSYTH at David’s Bookshop, Letchworth

Saturday 5th July, 18:30

The Sunday Times best-seller and author of IBW commission Essay, The Unknown Unknown:  Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted (Icon Books)


 LAURA JARRATT at Bookshrop, Shropshire

Saturday 5th July, 11:00

The YA author will be signing copies of her books Louder than Words, Skin Deep and In Any Other Words.



JUNIOR BOOK CLUB at Storytellers Inc. Lancashire

Saturday 28th June, 14:00

Discussing Junes books, Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo and K.G. Campbell

& the case of the exploding Loo by Rachel Hamilton


CRAIG SHUTTLEWOOD at The Book Nook, Hove

Saturday 28th June, 11:00

Illustrator of Who’s in the tree?


CHILDREN’S LITERARY TENTS at Lowdham Village Hall, Nottinghamshire

Saturday 28th June, 11:00-16:00

Lots of fun and games, crafts and stories!

Hosted by The Book Case


KIPPER STORY-TIME at Booka Bookshop, Shropshire

Saturday 28th June, 11:00 & 14:00

With a visit from Kipper the Dog!


 DEBI GLIORI at Storytellers Inc. Lancashire

Monday 30th June, from 11:00

Bloomsbury lustrated Window plus signing and story time with the Author and Illustrator of Dragon Loves Penguins


MIFFY STORYTIME AND ACTIVITIES at Storytellers Inc., Lancashire

Tuesday 1st July, 11:00

With Milk Juice and Biscuits!


WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT PARTY at Storytellers Inc. Lancashire

Wednesday 2nd July, 14:00

Celebrating 20th Anniversary of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury


 DEBI GLIORI at News From Nowhere Radical & Community Bookshop, Liverpool

Thursday 3rd July

Author and Illustrator of Dragon Loves Penguins


LAUNCH OF BUILD YOUR BABY LIBRARY at Storytellers Inc., Lancashire

Tuesday 3rd July, 10:00

For mums with babies under 1


 YASMEEN ISMAIL at Chicken and Frogs, Essex

Saturday 5th July

Illustrator of Time for Bed Fred!


 AXEL SCHEFFLER at The Book Nook, Hove

Saturday 5th July, event 11:00 & Signing 12:00

Illustrator of The much love Gruffalo series


CLARA VULLIAMY at Storytellers Inc. Lancashire

Saturday 5th July, 11:00

Illustrator of the acclaimed Dixie O’Day books.


 NORIKO MATSUBARA at Epping Bookshop, Essex

Saturday 5th July, 14:00

Illustrator of children’s picture book Bocchi and Pocchi and the Bird will be signing copies.


DEBI GLIORI at Discover Children’s Story Centre, London

Saturday 5th July

Author and Illustrator of Dragon Loves Penguins


 AUSTRALIAN STORY-TIME at Booka Bookshop, Shropshire

Saturday 5th July, 14:00.

Get a taste of Storytime down-under!


GRUFFALO WOODLAND TRAIL at The Woodoaks Association Summer Festival, Hertfordshire

Saturday 5th July

Hosted by Chorleywood Bookshop


GANGSTER GRANNY EVENT at Caxton Books, Essex

Saturday 5th July, all day

Have your photo taken with your Granny and we’ll put your name in the Swag Bag to win a hardback copy of Gangsta Granny signed by David Walliams.


THE FIND WALLY HUNT from Walker Books will be taking place at Independent Book shops across the UK including Chorleywood Bookshop, Hertfordshire; The Archway Bookshop, Axminster, Devon; Rossiter Books,  Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire; Chapter On, Reading, and The Steyning Bookshop, West Sussex.




Saturday 28th June 2014. – Winner announcements


This year’s IBW Book Award includes three categories – Adult, Children’s Fiction and, new for 2014, Children’s Picture Book.  The shortlist of ten adult titles and twelve titles in the children’s categories will be judged by two separate judging panels comprising of authors, booksellers and well-known book lovers.



Wednesday 2nd July, 19:30 – 21:00

Do bookshops have a future on our high streets? Join a panel of authors and industry figures including author MARK FORSYTH, chaired by JASON COWLEY, Editor of the New Statesman, as they thrash out the essential question.



Thursday 3rd July 2014 19:30 – 21:00

The world’s biggest live literary gameshow is coming to Independent Booksellers Week with Windmill Books (the online home of literary publishers William Heinemann, Hutchinson and, of course, Windmill). Join ALEXANDRA HEMINSLEY, CARYS BRAY, NICK HARKAWAY, JOHN BOYNE and more for a star-studded show.


Saturday 5th July

This is a brand new event for this year’s IBW. Join bloggers, booktubers, and vloggers up and down the country as they visit as many independent bookshops as possible on the day and blog / post a video about it for your chance to win an exciting prize.


 BESPOKE IBW ICE CREAM at SIlverDell Books, Kirkham

All Week



2nd July, times tbc.


SUMMER BOOK CLUB GARDEN PARTY at Caxton Books, Frinton-on-Sea

Thursday 7th July



Monday 30th June, 10:00, 14:00 & 19:30 at various locations

Reading Life after Life by Kate Atkinson


LAUNCH OF #BLOGSHOPNW at Storytellers Inc., Lancashire

Tuesday 1st July (times tbc)

Get together with other book bloggers for Hot Chocolate and Cake



 MARK FORSYTH is releasing an IBW specially-commissioned essay The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted published by Icon Books and available exclusively at Independent Bookshops during IBW 2014.

 HARPERCOLLINS are producing three fantastic collectable editions: The Classic Adventures of Paddington by Michael Bond, Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly, by Agatha Christie and Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser each available exclusively at Independent Bookshops during IBW 2014.

PICCADILLY PRESS is producing a limited edition, signed copy of County by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan.

CAMPBELL BOOKS have made their loveable children’s story Busy Bookshop available exclusively at Independent Bookshops during IBW 2014.


We are delighted to bring you a Penguin Puffin BOGOF for IBW.  IBW is nearly upon us, but better late than never, and this offer should allow you make a good splash with these titles during IBW.  The Penguin reps will be selling in the offer to you next week (or may already have started), but here’s what available:




Paperback Ed Vere


Burglar Bill


Paperback Allan Ahlberg


Captain Buckleboots on the Naughty Step


Paperback Mark Sperring


Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs


Paperback Giles Andreae


Dear Zoo


Paperback Rod Campbell


Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish


Paperback Michael Foreman


Fungus the Bogeyman


Paperback Raymond Briggs


Goodnight Princess


Paperback Michelle Robinson


King Jack and the Dragon


Paperback Peter Bently


Meg and Mog


Paperback Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski


My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes


Paperback Eve Sutton


One to Ten and Back Again


Paperback Nick  Sharratt,Sue Heap


Pigs Might Fly


Paperback Jonathan Emmett


Prince Cinders


Paperback Babette Cole


Princess Smartypants


Paperback Babette Cole


Something Else


Paperback Kathryn Cave


Stuck in the Mud


Paperback Jane Clarke


The Elephant and the Bad Baby


Paperback Elfrida  Vipont,Raymond Briggs


Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe


Paperback Brian Moses,Garry Parsons


Yo Ho Ho! A-Pirating We’ll Go


Paperback Kaye Umansky

A Picture Puffin BOGOF promotion featuring 20 carefully selected titles:




  • Minimum total order quantity 40 books
  • Minimum of 10 titles to be ordered
  • BOGOF stickers (40mm) 10 stickers per sheet are available – 9780141359014 please order how many you need for your order
  • This is a one-off opportunity – no reorders will be processed
  • Orders to be placed via your Penguin Rep or Kate.Lawrence@uk.penguingroup.com
  • If you would like A3 or A4 posters please request via Kate.Lawrence@uk.penguingroup.com

Here are the documents you need – the order form and two visuals:

Independents Bookseller Week BOGOF June 2014

Independents Bookseller Week 2014 poster

Penguin Puffin Independents Week picture book BOGOF June 2014 Trade


Just a couple of reminders – there are now 360 indie bookshop signed up for IBW this year, we are delighted to report.  We hope you like the IBW POS Kit.  In particular, if you like the bookshop poster, and you would like your shop to feature next year, please do send in a decent photo of your shop and we will aim to feature as many shops as we can next year – we wanted to create a lively poster illustrating the range and number of indies, but of course fitting all 360 shops is a challenge!  But if you’d like to see your shop featured, just email your photo to Sharon.benton@booksellers.org.uk and we will file it for next year.

Looking forward to hearing from all of you about your IBW activity!



IBW 2013 – Mumbles Bookshop with IBW Tshirts

Midas have put together a template press release for bookshops to use for IBW events – you can download it here - IBW Bookshop PR Template.  Use this in conjunction with the media contacts list (visit the Bookseller Resources page to see those) to get your IBW events information out to your local press and TV/radio.

Also, don’t forget the IBW Quiz – an easy way to run an IBW event without an author!  You can download the here -Quiz for IBW 2014 – Questions- email Meryl for the Answers.

As you start to put in your IBW windows, do send us photos!  We will feature them on the site and on social media – and we will retweet all IBW bookshop events that you post – just mention @IndieBound_UK in your tweet and you’ll get a RT!

Send all photos to meryl.halls@booksellers.org.uk or sharon.benton@booksellers.org.uk