Independent Bookshop Week – IBW Awards Winners

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The winners of the IBW Book Awards 2019 have been announced!

Adult Category

Cover of The Silence of the Girls. A reddish brown swirly image of girl silhouettes, who look to be running. The title is in a clearing of white and yellow sky above their heads.The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (Penguin)  £8.99

When the Greek Queen Helen is kidnapped by Trojans, the Greeks sail in pursuit, besieging the city of Troy. Trapped in the Greek soldiers’ camp is another captured queen, Briseis. Condemned to be bed-slave to Achilles, the man who butchered her family, she becomes a pawn in a menacing game between bored and frustrated warriors. In the centuries after this most famous war, history will write her off, a footnote in a bloody story scripted by vengeful men – but Briseis has a very different tale to tell . . .

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Children’s Category

cover of The Storm Keeper's Island. A dark blue night scene at a sew front (two people in silhouette are running) with a swirl of white clouds above (containing the title)The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle (Bloomsbury) £6.99

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When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, it begins to stir beneath his feet …

Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn’s grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new keeper will rise. But, deep underground, someone has been to waiting for Fionn. As the battle to become the island’s next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war.

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Picture Book

Cover of If All the World Were... A drawn scene with exotic plants and animals, in blues and reds, with a little black girl and her grandad, who is also black, walking along hand in hand. If all the World Were… by Joseph Coehlo & Allison Colpoys (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books) £6.99

Grandad gives me a pencil with a rainbow nib.
“Write and draw, write and draw all your dreams.”

A poetic picture book about the love between a little girl and her grandad, and how, through memories, love can live on.
Written by acclaimed poet Joseph Coelho and illustrated by award-winning artist and designer Allison Colpoys.

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