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British Book Awards reveals shortlists for Independent Bookshop of the Year

The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, has revealed the regional shortlists for the 2019 Independent Bookshop of the Year, sponsored by Gardners Books.

Forty-eight bookshops from nine regions are competing to win in their local area and the judging panel will choose one winner per region, to be revealed in March. The overall winner will receive a cheque for £5,000 from wholesalers Gardners Books at the 13th May ceremony.

The full shortlists are:


• The Maynooth Bookshop

• Woodbine Books

• The Blessington Bookstore 

• Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop


• The Highland Bookshop

• The Edinburgh Bookshop

• Lighthouse Bookshop

• Golden Hare Books

• Far From The Madding Crowd

• The Bookmark


• Chepstow Books & Gifts

• Bookish

• Cover To Cover

• Griffin Books


• Five Leaves Bookshop

• Burway Books

• Button & Bear Children’s Bookshop


• Walkers Books

• Rogan’s Books

• The Book Hive

• Niche Comics & Bookshop

• Woodbridge Emporium

• Harris & Harris Books

South West

• Falmouth Bookseller

• Hunting Raven Books

• St Ives Bookseller

• Gullivers Bookshop

• Crediton Community Bookshop

• Edge of the World Bookshop

South East

• Coles Books

• Sevenoaks Bookshop

• Mostly Books

• October Books

• Red Lion Books

• The Wallingford Bookshop


• Linghams

• Forum Books

• White Rose BookCafe

• The Little Ripon Bookshop

• Drake - The Bookshop

• The Book Corner Halifax


• Gay’s the Word

• Ink@84 Books

• Phlox Books

• Moon Lane Books

• Burley Fisher Books

• The Kew Bookshop

• Newham Bookshop