Books Are My Bag, Independent Bookshop Week

Independent Bookshop Week

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Independent Bookshop Week kicks off today. BAMB are running competitions and hashtags all week:

  • the Bookshop Crawl next Saturday – are you taking part? You should! It’s so much fun! If you’re a blogger or youtuber, make a post about your day and you could win prizes, including the IBW Book Award shortlist, and book tokens
  • bundles for selfies during the Bookshop Crawl (I take bookshop crawl selfies very seriously)
  • #indiebookaday, with opportunities to win book bundles
  • #giveabook, where we can discuss what we’ve bought, who for, and why
  • IBW Book Award 2015 (more below)

Get involved and love your bookshops!

Independent Bookshop Week Book Award 2015

The IBW Book Award has three categories: Adult, Children’s Fiction and Children’s Picture Book. I have read precisely one of them but I look forward to picking up more of them soon and seeing why people are so excited about them.


  • H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
  • Elizabeth is Missing –  Emma Healey
  • The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari
  • Nora Webster – Colm Toibin
  • The Bone Clocks  – David Mitchell
  • Please, Mister Postman – Alan Johnson
  • The Children Act – Ian McEwan
  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories – Hilary Mantel


  • Five Children on the Western Front – Kate Saunders
  • Apple and Rain –  Sarah Crossan
  • The 13-Storey Treehouse – Andy Griffiths
  • A Song for Ella Grey – David Almond
  • Opal Plumstead – Jacqueline Wilson
  • The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge
  • An Island of Our Own – Sally Nicholls
  • Running Girl – Simon Mason
  • Itchcraft – Simon Mayo
  • The Parent Agency –  David Baddiel
  • The Farm Beneath the Water – Helen Peters
  • The Apple Tart of Hope – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald


  • Shh! We Have a Plan – Chris Haughton
  • Bears Don’t Read – Emma Chichester Clark
  • Wanted: Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar – Emily Mackenzie
  • A Walk in Paris –  Salvatore Rubbino
  • Use Your Imagination – Nicola O’Byrne
  • Blown Away – Rob Biddulph
  • The Something – Rebecca Cobb
  • Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion –  Alex T Smith
  • Never Tickle a Tiger – Pamela Butchart & Marc Boutavantd
  • The Way to the Zoo – John Burningham
  • The Mouse Who Ate the Moon – Petr Horaceled
  • Monsters Love Underpants – Claire Freeeman & Ben Cort

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