Books Are My Bag Readers Awards - Non-fiction

The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are one of a kind. They're the only book awards with shortlists curated by bookshops - and the only major awards voted for by book-lovers. These awards are organised by the Booksellers Association and sponsored by National Book Tokens.

The Winner

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay - Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay’s This Is Going to Hurt provides a hilarious no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line.

The Shortlist

East West Street by Philippe Sands - East West Street looks at the personal and intellectual evolution of the two men who simultaneously originated the ideas of “genocide” and “crimes against humanity" in the wake of the atrocities of the Third Reich. 

Scribbles in the Margins by Daniel Gray - Warm, heartfelt and witty, here are fifty short essays of prose poetry dedicated to the simple joy to be found in reading and the rituals around it, from the smell of books to reading in bed. 

The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrère - Acclaimed master of psychological suspense, Emmanuel Carrère, explores the double life of a respectable doctor, eighteen years of lies, five murders, and the extremes to which ordinary people can go.

Travels with my Sketchbook
By Chris Riddell

Travels with my Sketchbook by Chris Riddell - After two years travelling the length and breadth of the country and meeting thousands of children, Chris Riddell provides a glimpse, through sketches, doodles and paintings, of his incredible journey during his time as Children's Laureate.

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge - Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance and the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism.

The other Books Are My Bag awards categories are here: NovelMiddle Great 7 - 11, Young Adult and Popular Fiction