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28 November 2020

Meryl Halls is FutureBook Person of the Year 2020

13 November 2020

Many congratulations to the Booksellers Association managing director Meryl Halls who has been named FutureBook's Person of the Year for 2020.

The FutureBooks awards are organised by The Bookseller and the Person of the Year award recognises those individuals making a real difference in their sectors. In their announcement of 13 November 2020, The Bookseller credits her with working tirelessly for booksellers and bookshops during the pandemic, which included a three-month shutdown of bookshops' high-street stores.

Andy Rossiter of Rossiter Books, the current BA president, said: "Meryl is an inspirational m.d. and it has been a privilege to experience her tireless work to combat the effects the Covid crisis has had on bookshops. From the moment this crisis hit, she has been totally focused on what could best be done to help create an environment in which book-sellers could survive and flourish... She has been utterly brilliant." 

She follows past winners Dialogue Books founder Sharmaine Lovegrove in 2018 and the author Kit de Waal from 2019.

For the full story, see The Bookseller of 13 November 2020.

Meryl Halls is among the speakers at the 2020 virtual FutureBook Conference, which takes place online 16 to 20 November. To see the full programme and book tickets, visit the Bookseller website.