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Shuggie Bain is BBA Book of the Year 2021

14 May 2021

Huge congratulations to Douglas Stuart whose novel Shuggie Bain (Picador) is winner of The British Book Awards' Overall Book of the Year 2021. It also won the Fiction: Début Book of the Year category. The winners were announced at an online ceremony on 13 May 2021. You can watch it and author interviews on the BBA website.

The judges felt that Douglas Stuart's novel was a "masterpiece" that would stand the test of time. What also swung it Shuggie Bain's way was the publisher's unwavering enthusiasm and passion for the novel, with the panel praising Picador's ability to recognise the potential and importance of this book after it was rejected by a dozen other British publishers.

The winners of the other Book of the Year categories were:

Audio: Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty (HarperCollins) 

Children's Fiction: The Highland Falcon Thief by M G Leonard & Sam Sedgman; Elisa Paganelli (illus) (Macmillan Children's Books) 

Children's Illustrated and Non-Fiction: Black and British: A short, essential history by David Olusoga (Macmillan Children's Books) 

Fiction: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell (Tinder Press) 

Fiction Crime and Thriller: Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (Sphere) 

Fiction Début: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (Picador) 

Non-Fiction Lifestyle: Skincare by Caroline Hirons (HQ) 

Non-Fiction Narrative: Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty (Little Toller) 

Pageturner: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Corsair) 

Illustrator of the Year: Charles Mackesy 

Author of the Year: Richard Osman