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Canongate is Independent Publisher of the Year 2021

14 May 2021

Many congratulations to Canongate Books - the winner of the Independent Publisher of the Year Award 2021. The award was announced at The Bookseller's online Nibbies ceremony on 13 May 2021 (watch it on the BBA website which also has a list of all winners).

The Bookseller said that throughout the year, Canongate showed the agility of independents, acting decisively at times of crisis and pivoting quickly to fresh ways of generating sales. As one of its authors put it: "It's small enough to move nimbly, but big enough to be full of people with a huge amount of publishing experience… for everyone there, it's more than a business."

Judges agreed: "Canongate is a charismatic publisher… a fantastic story of growth and diversification." They also admired the way it looked after its team during lockdowns and helped them cope with the challenges of working from home, such as introducing meeting-free periods of the day. "It's a great company with a great culture."

For the full award citation, see the British Book Awards website.