2022 British Book Awards shortlist revealed, including Sir Paul McCartney and Sally Rooney


Sir Paul McCartney, Sally Rooney and Sir Kazuo Ishiguro are among the star-studded finalists for the British Book Awards. After two years of virtual ceremonies, the event will return in person to Grosvenor House London on May 23.

Rooney, the Irish author behind Normal People, is shortlisted in the fiction category for Beautiful World, Where Are You alongside Sir Kazuo’s Klara And The Sun. They will face Meg Mason’s Sorrow And Bliss, Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz’s The Passenger, Anthony Doerr’s Cloud Cuckoo Land and Jay Kristoff’s Empire Of The Vampire.

Meanwhile, Beatles star Sir Paul has been shortlisted in the non-fiction lifestyle category for his book The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present. He faces competition from TV farmer Amanda Owen, Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson, food writers Anna Jones and Jane Dunn and food blogging duo Kate Allinson and Kay Featherstone.

In the non-fiction storytelling category, Windswept & Interesting by Sir Billy Connolly is shortlisted alongside And Away… by comedian Bob Mortimer, Empireland by journalist Sathnam Sanghera and This Much Is True by actress Miriam Margolyes. The Discovery Book of the Year category includes American author Torrey Peters’ Detransition, Baby, and actor and mental health activist David Harewood’s Maybe I Don’t Belong Here.

Shortlisted for the second year in a row, last year’s author Richard Osman returns with the follow-up to his best-selling The Thursday Murder Club, The Man Who Died Twice, to the shortlist of mystery and thriller novels. The 12 winners will be decided by separate panels, with judges including TV presenter and broadcaster Gabby Logan, Sex Education actress Tanya Reynolds and former rugby player and Ugo Monye.

Alice O’Keeffe, Editor-in-Chief of The Bookseller magazine and Overall Chair of Books of the Year, said: “From fresh new voices to big-name authors, this year’s shortlists celebrate the best books published in 2021. we see the resurgence of celebrity memoirs reflected in the shortlist with three famous, and now successful, faces telling their own stories.

“This year’s premiere selection includes unforgettable first novels that are sure to be read far beyond our present time. Some very tough decisions await our judges!

Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller and Chairman of the Judges, added: “We are delighted with the shortlists of books this year, which show that writing and publishing remain healthy as readers continue to turning to books during the pandemic. We were particularly pleased with the number of submissions for the new Discovery Prize which aims to amplify traditionally underrepresented writers and their publishers, with these books offering a glimpse of the riches to come as the book market continues to broaden its reach. .


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