One of the many trade-related events held at Stationers' Hall annually is The People's Book Prize which goes from strength to strength. It was held last week and the titles which won (as voted for by the public) were as follows:

Fiction: The Grotto's Secret, Paula Wynne (Prado Press). A thriller set in modern day London with a medieval time lapse twist in Spain.

Non-fiction: A Life in Death, Richard Venables and Chris Hollington (Thistle). A Detective Inspector's personal account of working in victim identification.

Children's: The Wolf is Not Invited, Avril McDonald (Crown House). A picture book for 4 to 7 year-olds designed to help children with self-confidence.

Best Achievement Award: This year’s prize unexpectedly honoured two books

  • Rent Unmasked, Fred Harrison (Shepherd-Walwyn).  A non fiction work on economics and contemporary policy-making that if implemented could bring world prosperity.
  • Sometimes A River Song, Avril Joy (Linen Press).  An inspirational novel for women facing struggles and inequality.

The Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award: Library Cat, Alex Howard (Black & White). Howard’s book started as a popular Facebook page which he created as a student and which was written from the point of view of his university's 'Library Cat'.

Best Publisher: Hammersmith Books.  Founded by Georgina Bentliff, Hammersmith Books is a small traditional publisher of health books with a win-win formula for their titles/authors.

As ever the event was organised by Liveryman Tatiana von Saxe Wilson who has kindly invited all to view a video of the event here.

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