"When I say I owe a lot to independent bookshops, I mean it. My first book was not published by an established publisher, it was published by Page One Books, an independent book shop in east London. When I couldn’t find venues to perform in, I performed above, or in, independent bookshops all over the country. Independent bookshops made me, and I don’t want to get too heavy, but in times like these I use them for their human connections, and as a political statement. Long love the book lovers."   
- Benjamin Zephaniah

Indie Book Awards

If you are looking for some inspiration on what to read next, then look no further than this year’s Indie Book Awards. There are four categories to choose from - Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s Fiction and Picture Book  - so there’s something for everyone.

You can be assured that all titles come highly recommended by independent booksellers from across the country so your reading choices are curated by a vast number of knowledgeable experts.The shortlisted titles were announced on 14 May, 2021 and the winners were announced on 25 June, the penultimate day of Independent Bookshop Week. 

Titles on the shortlist, all chosen by independent booksellers, are paperbacks and are all great summer reads whether you are reading at home or on the beach or somewhere further afield.

For more great recommended reads you could pick up a copy of our Summer Books catalogue in participating stores or else just ask your local bookseller.

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