The British Book Industry Awards celebrate the greatness of the British book trade and the people behind it – the best books, the best writers, the best bookshops, the best publishers - from industry greats to those starting out. This year we represented the Midlands as Pauline was nominated and shortlisted for Bookshop Manager of the Year, sponsored by publishing giant Harper Collins.
Having taken over Warwick’s only independent bookshop just 12 months ago and despite no previous experience in retail management we are delighted to say the shop is thriving, thanks to our lovely local customers. We have won a number of prestigious prizes for window displays and a grant from American Novelist James Patterson to refit the store. Within the industry our achievements have been acknowledged and to our surprise we were nominated alongside industry favourites Waterstones and Blackwell’s. We were overjoyed!
Bonnier Regional Manager Graham Evans recognised “Pauline is a natural bookseller, enthusiastic, hardworking and innovative. She also has an easy way with customers that turns them into friends. As a result, Warwick Bookshop is fast becoming a proper community bookshop. A worthy candidate for bookseller of the year.”
Pauline received great praise from major publishing houses in support of her nomination. Richard Fortley of Faber & Faber said“Pauline is an outstanding bookseller, with great enthusiasm and knowledge of books, the trade and her customer's needs. When it comes to customer service, I've not seen many better than Pauline. She's always engaging, friendly and willing to help her customers and often goes the extra mile to find a customer's sought-after title.”
The British Book Industry awards were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London and presented by Mariella Frostrop, creating a BAFTA-esque recognition of books and booksellers. At the awards ‘My Brother is a Superhero’ by David Solomons was awarded Children's Book of the Year and Book of the Year went toAndrew Michael Hurley for ‘The Loney’.
Pauline came runner up in her category, pipped at the post by the UK’s busiest bookshop, Waterstones Flag Ship store on Piccadilly. We had a marvellous evening and it was widely acknowledged that Warwick Book’s have achieved something to be proud of this year with industry colleagues stating we are ‘An independent to watch’ in the future.
We had a wonderful evening – made perfect when Mog was introduced to Judith Kerr the author of her namesake ‘Mog’ books!