The UK’s Nibbies: Small Press and Bookstore Shortlists

In Feature Articles by Porter Anderson

With its award ceremony coming up in May, the British Book Awards program has released its bookstore and small-press shortlists.

At Typewronger Books in Edinburgh, one of 10 bookstores in Scotland named a finalist for the 2024 British Book Awards. Image: BBA

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Honoring 55 Small Presses and 77 Bookstores
As the annual awards season warms with the spring, the British Book Awards  from The Bookseller are sending up shoots with their early notifications, reminding us that the British Book Awards are not all book awards. In fact, of most interest to the international publishing industry we serve are the program’s book-business awards.

As part (only a part) of the non-book awards from “the Nibbies” this year, there are a boggling 132 finalists to be congratulated. Imagine what their longlists looked like.

Along those lines today (March 4), we have the shortlistees in two lengthy categories:

  • The regional and country finalists for the program’s Small Press of the Year
  • The regional and country finalists for the program’s Independent Bookshops of the Year

The small-press awards for 2024 are sponsored by CPI Books, and this contest’s key criterion is described as a requirement that a small press be “dedicated to imaginative, forward-looking, and diverse publishing.”

For a 15th year, Gardners is the sponsor of the bookstore awards. In this case, the winner will receive a £5,000 cash prize (US$US$6,325) “to be spent on their bookshop,” the program’s notes specify. That purse is to be presented at the Gardners Trade Show of this year.

The Monday night awards presentation this year is again at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House on May 13 beginning at 5 p.m. BST. (The UK and Europe change their clocks to daylight saving time this year on March 31.)

The 2024 Small Press Finalists

There are 55 small presses here, set in nine regions and countries. Twelve are in London, seven in Scotland and southeast England, six in North England, five in Wales, southwest England, and the Midlands, and four in Ireland and East England.

East England

  • Scorpius Books | West Bergholt
  • UEA Publishing Project | Norwich
  • Dedalus | Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
  • SRL Publishing | Bishop’s Stortford

Island of Ireland

  • Banshee Press | Cork
  • The Lilliput Press | Dublin
  • Little Island Books | Dublin
  • Irish Pages | Belfast

London

  • Jacaranda Books Art Music | Bloomsbury
  • The Indigo Press | Mayfair
  • Bedford Square Publishers | Bloomsbury
  • Magic Cat Publishing | Haggerston
  • Hurtwood Books | Soho
  • Elliott & Thompson | Bloomsbury
  • The Do Book Co | Shoreditch
  • Renard Press | Clapton
  • Muswell | Mayfair
  • Gallic Books | Belgravia
  • Scallywag Press | Pimlico
  • Out-Spoken Press | Willesden

Midlands

  • Otter-Barry Books | Hereford
  • Sweet Cherry Press | Leicester
  • Bad Betty Press | Nottingham
  • 3dtotal Publishing | Worcester
  • The Emma Press | Birmingham

North England

  • Smokestack Books | Ripon
  • Saraband | Manchester
  • Carcanet Press | Manchester
  • Dead Ink Books | Liverpool
  • Bluemoose Books | Hebden Bridge
  • Fly on the Wall Press | Manchester

Scotland

  • The Wee Book Company | Glasgow
  • Little Door Books | Highlands
  • Charco Press | Edinburgh
  • 404 Ink | Edinburgh
  • Scotland Street Press | Edinburgh
  • 3TimesRebel Press | Dundee
  • Rymour Books | Perth

Southeast England

  • Duckworth Books | Richmond
  • Author In Me | High Wycombe
  • September Publishing | Tewkesbury
  • Guppy Books | Didcot
  • David Fickling Books | Oxford
  • Mama Makes Books | Tunbridge Wells
  • Noodle Juice | Banbury

Southwest England

  • Peirene Press | Bath
  • PG Online Ltd | Dorchester
  • Really Decent Books | Bath
  • Ad Hoc Fiction | Bath
  • From You To Me | Bath

Wales

  • Parthian Books | Swansea
  • Lucent Dreaming | Cardiff
  • Firefly Press | Cardiff
  • Rily Publications | Caerphilly
  • Graffeg | Llanelli
The 2024 Independent Bookshop Finalists

Inside the Heath Bookshop in Birmingham, England. Image: BBA, Kate Bush

This category reports the largest field of contenders yet, with 77 stores recognized in nine regions and countries. Ten are in London, Northern England, Scotland, and southwest England respectively; eight are in East England and the Midlands; six are in Ireland, and five are in Wales.

East England

  • The Book Hive | Norwich
  • Niche Comics Bookshop | Huntingdon
  • Bookbugs and Dragon Tales | Norwich
  • Kett’s Books | Wymondham
  • Maldon Books Limited | Maldon
  • PK Bookshop Ltd TA The Holt Bookshop | Holt
  • David’s Bookshop | Letchworth
  • Next Page Books | Hitchin

Island of Ireland

  • Little Acorns Bookstore | Derry
  • The Company of Books | Dublin
  • Woodbine Books Limited | Kildare
  • Bridge Books | Wicklow
  • The Secret Bookshelf | Carrickfergus
  • Tertulia Bookshop| Westport

London

  • Children’s Bookshop | Muswell Hill
  • Burley Fisher Books | Haggerston
  • The Common Press | Bethnal Green
  • Round Table Books CIC | Brixton
  • BookBar | Islington
  • Village Books | Dulwich
  • Backstory | Balham
  • Brick Lane Bookshop | Tower Hamlets
  • The Riverside Bookshop | London Bridge
  • Goldsboro Books Limited | Charing Cross

Midlands

  • The Rabbit Hole | Brigg
  • The Childrens Bookshelf | Hereford
  • Burway Books | Church Stretton
  • Wonderland Bookshop | Retford
  • The Heath Bookshop | Birmingham
  • Five Leaves Bookshop | Nottingham
  • Rossiter Books | Ross-On-Wye
  • Poetry on Prescription LTD T/A Poetry Pharmacy | Bishop’s Castle

The Poetry Pharmacy in Bishop’s Castle in Shropshire. Image: BBA

North England

  • Forum Books | Corbridge
  • Sam Read Bookseller | Grasmere
  • The West Kirby Bookshop | Wirral
  • House of Books & Friends | Manchester
  • Drake – The Bookshop | Stockton-On-Tees
  • Kemps General Store Ltd | Malton
  • Truman Books Ltd | Leeds
  • Pritchards Bookshop | Liverpool
  • Wave of Nostalgia | Haworth
  • Verey Books | Penrith

Scotland

  • The Edinburgh Bookshop | Edinburgh
  • Typewronger Books | Edinburgh
  • Atkinson-Pryce Books | Biggar
  • Far From the Madding Crowd | Linlithgow
  • The Book Nook Stewarton Ltd | Kilmarnock
  • Highland Bookshop Ltd | Fort William
  • The Bookmark | Grantown on Spey
  • Ullapool Bookshop | Ullapool
  • Night Owl Books | East Linton
  • Heron & Willow | Jedburgh

Southeast England

  • Coles Books | Bicester
  • Afrori Books | Brighton
  • Our Bookshop | Tring
  • Hungerford Bookshop | Hungerford
  • Mostly Books | Abingdon
  • Books on the Hill | St Albans
  • The Margate Bookshop | Margate
  • P & G Wells | Winchester
  • Pigeon Books | Southsea
  • Mrs Middleton’s Shop And The Rabbit Hole | Isle of Wight

Southwest England

  • Gloucester Road Books | Bristol
  • The Borzoi Bookshop | Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Harbour Bookshop | Kingsbridge
  • Shrew Books | Fowey
  • Folde Dorset Ltd | Shaftesbury
  • Max Minerva’s | Bristol
  • Westbourne Bookshop | Bournemouth
  • Liznojan Books | Tiverton
  • Bookhaus | Bristol
  • Bert’s Books | Swindon

Wales

  • Gwisgo Ltd | Aberaeron
  • The Bookshop Mold | Mold
  • Book-ish | Crickhowell
  • The Bookshop by the Sea | Aberystwyth
  • Cover to Cover | Swansea

Holiday shoppers at the Cover to Cover bookstore in Swansea. Image: BBA


More on the British Book Awards is here. More from us on publishing and book awards in general is here. And more on the UK book market and industry is here.

Porter Anderson is a former associate editor of The FutureBook at The Bookseller.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.