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17th January 2019


WINTER:  1 November 2018 voted for by the public until 15 March 2019      

VOTING FOR THE 36 Finalists to determine the overall winners:  1 – 30 April 2019

AWARDS CEREMONY:  At the historic Stationers’ Hall 8 May 2019 when winners are announced.

1 June 2019  New Summer Collection that can be voted for by the public until 15 October 2019


Patron:  Frederick Forsyth  CBE  Founding Patron:  Dame Beryl Bainbridge DBE 

Founder and Prize Administrator:  Tatiana Wilson

The People’s Book Prize is a national competition aimed at finding, supporting and promoting

new and undiscovered works – the book prize decided exclusively by the public. YOU are the Jury!

Rewarding talent voted exclusively by the public:  6 Awards: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s, Best Achievement, Best Publisher and The Beryl Bainbridge First-Time Author Award.

Award Ceremonies:  SKY NEWS  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87auMdJ1QWI&feature=youtu.be

11 December 2018

Congratulations to the BookBrunch team for coming up with what is long overdue:  An Award for self-published authors.    Well done!  www.theselfies.co.uk


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1 November 2018

The Winter Collection is now showcased with a superb choice of books and authors in Fiction, Non Fiction and Children’s.  Do visit, read, comment and vote.  YOU decide the next Best Sellers.

The Finalists and entries of the Summer Collection are also featured.  Whilst voting is no longer open YOU can still make comments and buy the books.

16 October 2018

The Finalists of the Summer Collection are announced.  Whilst voting is no longer open the public can still make comments and buy the books featured in the Summer Collection.    The Winter collection starts on 1st November.

August 2018

Congratulations to People’s Book Prize Winner, Christina Gabbitas!  The NSPCC have invited her to be Honorary Member of the Council for the NSPCC and the award will take place on 4th October 2018


in recognition of Christina’s contribution.   Her book ‘Share Some Secrets’  is now getting international recognition. Orders from Norway, Australia and Singapore.

There is nothing like this book in the market http://www.archive.peoplesbookprize.com/book.php?id=1270  Picture rhyming book addressing sexual abuse encouraging children to think about the secrets they should and shouldn’t keep.
Well done, Christina!  A worthy winner.

1 June 2018

As reported by BookBrunch below, today we feature our new SUMMER Collection that can be voted for by the public until 15 October 2018 – Schedule below.

As we deferred the 2017 Awards, on 8 May 2019 The People’s Book Prize will name 2 winners per Award at the prestigious Awards Ceremony at Stationers’ Hall.

The 6 Awards: The People’s Book Prize for Fiction | Non-Fiction | Children’s Literature
The Beryl Bainbridge Award for a First Time Author, The People’s Book Prize Special Achievement Award and The People’s Book Prize Best Publisher Award

www.peoplesbookprize.com actively supports the eradication of illiteracy and remains the book prize wholly voted for by the public who choose the Next Best Sellers.

People’s Book Prize to revamp as reported by BookBrunch

New website, and twice yearly schedule
The prize is relaunching on 1st June 2018, with a new website and a structure that involves two collections a year, rather than the previous four. Winning books from the summer and winter collections go forward to compete for the annual awards, decided by public vote and presented at Stationers’ Hall. The 2018 People’s Book Prize ceremony takes place on 8 May 2019.

The prize patron is Frederick Forsyth CBE, who succeeded the late Beryl Bainbridge DBE.

Key dates for The People’s Book Prize 2018/19 – 2 collections

SUMMER: 1 June 2018 voted for by the public until 15 October 2018

WINTER: 1 November 2018 voted for by the public until 15 March 2019 publishers’ submissions from 1 July 2018

VOTING FOR THE 36 Finalists to determine the overall winners: 1 – 30 April 2019

AWARDS CEREMONY: At the historic Stationers’ Hall 8 May 2019 when winners are announced.

May 2017

Press Release:  7 Winners The People’s Book Prize 8th Awards Ceremony Stationers’ Hall

7 Winners emerged triumphant at Stationers’ Hall in London with Patron Frederick Forsyth, CBE, presiding.
Founder Tatiana Wilson spoke of the prize’s ‘uniqueness and democracy’ in the way it gives small publishers recognition and is voted on by the public – stories like this help bring to the attention of the world how important literacy and the eradication of illiteracy are.

The Winners: 

The People’s Book Prize for: 
Fiction  The Grotto’s Secret, Paula Wynne (Prado Press)  A thriller set in modern day London with a medieval time lapse twist in Spain.

Non-fiction  A Life in Death, Richard Venables and Chris Hollington (Thistle)  A Detective Inspector’s personal account of working in victim identification.

Children’s  The Wolf is Not Invited, Avril McDonald (Crown House)  A picture book for 4 to 7 year-olds designed to help children with self-confidence.

Best Achievement Award  This year’s prize unexpectedly honoured two books

Rent Unmasked, Fred Harrison (Shepherd-Walwyn) – a non fiction work on economics and contemporary policy-making that if implemented could bring world prosperity.

Sometimes A River Song, Avril Joy (Linen Press) – an inspirational novel for women facing struggles and inequality. ]

The Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award  Library Cat, Alex Howard (Black & White)  Howard’s debut started as a popular Facebook page he created as a student, which was from the point of view of his university’s ‘Library Cat’.

Best Publisher  Hammersmith Books – Founder Georgina Bentliff Small traditional publisher of health books with a win-win formula for their titles/authors.

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July 2016

Fantastic evening at the 7th Awards Ceremony. Patron Frederick Forsyth presided. SKY NEWS has on camera!

Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award: Quentin Letts for his debut novel: The Speaker’s Wife (Little Brown),
Best Achievement: Sustainable Medicine by Dr. Sarah Myhill (Hammersmith Books), Best Publisher: Percy Publishing; The People’s Book Prize Fiction: The Road to Donetsk by Diane Chandler (Blackbird Digital Books), Non Fiction: Finding the Rainbow, Rachel McGrath (Pegasus) and Children’s: Milky Moments by Ellie Stoneley (Pinter & Martin).

Well done to you and all finalists and thank you to the public who made this possible through their vote. Click here to view

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October 2015

A great initiative from The Bookseller and Pan MacMillan: A First Author Day on 30 November. http://www.thebookseller.com/author-day/2015

September 2015

Support for Children’s Reading Festivals
Our Founder, Tatiana Wilson, has become an ambassador for Children’s Reading Festivalshttp://www.childrensreadingfestivals.com/~childr8/ Their worthwhile mission is to increase opportunities for all children and families at literature festivals: more children’s events specially dedicated to children and young people. If you would like to publicise a festival that you are involved with or need advice about starting up a new festival in your area do get in touch with theminfo@childrensreadingfestivals.com

August 2015

The SUMMER 2015 Fiction, Non Fiction and Children’s collections continue to be voted for until 31st August. The new Autumn Collection will start on 1st September and titles can be bought and/or borrowed from the local libraries, commented on and voted for until 30th November 2015. Have fun and enjoy the lovely books featured. And remember YOU are the Jury! Help choose the next bestsellers!

June 2015

Thank you for your interest and response to SKY NEWS/THE PEOPLE’S BOOK PRIZE 6TH AWARDS EVENT CEREMONY:
The summer collection has some fabulous titles in fiction, non-fiction and children’s. There is a lot of interest and the public are buying, commenting and voting for their favourites. Carry on spreading the word! You are the Jury. Have a wonderful summer!

27 May 2015

The public have chosen Britain’s next bestsellers Five winners emerged triumphant at
The 6th Awards Ceremony of The People’s Book Prize black tie dinner at Stationers’ Hall.
Broadcast ‘live’ by SKY NEWS the glamorous event celebrates the finalist and winners chosen by the public.
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April 2015

Publishers’ invitation: Call for Free Entries for
The People’s Book Prize Summer 2015/16 collection:
1 June 2015 to 31 August 2015
For immediate release: 20 April 2015 Submit online by 30 April 2015:
Publishers are invited to submit their Free Entries for The People’s Book Prize Summer 2015/16 collection which starts TPBP 7th year on 1 June 2015.

Voting for the current Spring collection continues till 14th May. Finalists are voted for from 15th – 27th May to determine the Winners. (Voting procedure: Votes are carried forward and those who voted before can re-vote for that book from the new specially designed finalists pages in our websitewww.peoplesbookprize.com )

The Winners of The People’s Book Prize 2014/15 are announced at TPBP 6th Awards Ceremony on 27th May 2015 at Stationers’ Hall www.stationers.org. The black-tie ceremony will be broadcast ‘live’ by SKY NEWS.

17th February 2015

People’s Book Prize to be on Sky

Sky News is to broadcast the People’s Book Prize awards ceremony, which takes place at Stationers’ Hall on 27 May 2015

The prizes are decided by public votes. Founder Tatiana Wilson said: “This is wonderful. The People’s Book Prize awards ceremony – one of the highlights in the literary calendar – will now reach thousands more. A step closer to fulfilling our Founding Patron’s [the late Beryl Bainbridge’s] vision: ‘Something like this, this idea – which is absolutely amazing once it takes off, it will be of enormous importance to writers. I look forward to the time when we mention this particular prize as the greatest – and look back – and remember I was at the meeting at the London Book Fair and think where it has gone! So I wish it tremendous good luck.’”
The current Patron is Frederick Forsyth.
Wilson added: “We are heading for the big time. Our aim is to find, support and promote new and undiscovered authors and their publishers. Our hope is to eradicate illiteracy. And who best to do this with but the public whom we have empowered to be the judge.”
Above as reported in BookBrunch  www.bookbrunch.co.uk For further information: Ph. 020 76656605 email:  pr@peoplesbookprize.com

January 2015

The People’s Book Prize quiz team: Rewarding Talent’s episode will be broadcast on Monday, 2 February on BBC 2 TV at the usual time of 6 pm:
Eggheads the prestigious quiz programme – Enthralling!


L to R: Rewarding Talent: Patron: Frederick Forsyth CBE and Winners of The People’s Book Prize: Griselda Heppel: Winner of The People’s Book Prize Children’s 2013 for her book ANTE’S INFERNO; Eileen Younghusband BEM: Winner of The People’s Book Prize Non-Fiction 2013 for her book ONE WOMAN’S WAR; Amy Elliott-Smith, Winner of TPBP Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award 2013 for her book: A GUIDE TO BECOMING DISTINCTLY AVERAGE and Giles Paley-Phillips: Winner of The People’s Book Prize Children’s 2012 for his book: THE FEARSOME BEASTIE

September 2014

We now have the Summer 2014 Finalist shortlist.  The new Autumn 2014 collection can now be voted for until 30 November 2014.

Discover some superb titles and authors – borrow the book from your library or buy it from the links provided and then vote! You! Be the Judge!

Thank you to our thousands of followers who are helping to fulfil our founding patron’s vision: “I look forward to the time when we mention this particular prize as the greatest… Dame Beryl Bainbridge DBE”

May 2014

Five winners emerged triumphant  at  The 5th Awards Ceremony of The People’s Book Prize black tie dinner at Stationers’ Hall.  It was the ideal event to recognise the public’s choice for their favourite books.

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See the video of the awards ceremony here

From L to R:  RJJ Hall (Fction – Theatres of War), Helen J. Bate (Best Achievement) – Proverbs & Sayings) Margaret Skea (The Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author – Turn of the Tide); Danny Bent (Non Fiction – You’ve Gone too Far This Time Sir) and Billy Bob Buttons – I Think I Murdered Miss).
The public have chosen Britain’s next bestsellers:  A thrilled Billy Bob Buttons (Children’s Winner) said:  over 40,000 copies have been sold so far!

The public have chosen and Five New Winners were announced at the fifth Awards Ceremony of The People’s Book Prize.
Congratulations to them and indeed to all the finalists.    Click here to see the Winners 

We look forward to our  sixth year which starts on 1st June with the Summer entries. These can be voted for until 31st August.   Grateful thanks to the public and our thousands of followers, publishers, authors and media.

May 2014

Poems and Pictures ‘Eight Line Rhyme’ competition has been won by 8 year old Rosie Kerven with her poem The Earth Worm.  Congratulations!  Well done to all concerned.www.poemsandpictures.co.uk/competition

March 2014

The Spring 2014 is now being showcased and can be voted for until 20th May 2014.

The finalists will compete again: Further voting will take place from 21 May 2014 to 28th May 2014 when the public votes again for the 12 finalists in each category to determine the winners of

The People’s Book Prize 2013/14  Fiction, Non-fiction and Children’s literature.

The Beryl Bainbridge Award for First Time Author in honour of TPBP founding patron

The People’s Book Prize Best Achievement Award for outstanding content for the author whose writing has led, or could lead to benefitting the community.

New pages for the public to vote for the finalists will go live in www.peoplesbookprize.com on 21 May 2014.  Votes already received by the author/title are carried forward.

The winners are announced at the prestigious 5th Awards Ceremony at the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London EC4 (near St Paul’s Cathedral) at a black tie dinner on 28th May  2014. Click here to see awards 2011 video  Click here to book tickets

The People’s Book Prize quiz team:  Rewarding Talent to appear in Eggheads the prestigious quiz programme in BBC 2 TV to be aired later in the year.   watch this space

Rewarding Talent comprised of Winners of The People’s Book Prize and our Patron, Frederick Forsyth CBE:  Griselda Heppel:  Winner of The People’s Book Prize Children’s 2013 for her book   ANTE’S INFERNO; Eileen Younghusband BEM:  Winner of The People’s Book Prize Non-Fiction 2013 for her book ONE WOMAN’S WAR; Amy Elliott-Smith, Winner of The Beryl Bainbridge First Time author 2013 for her book: A GUIDE TO BECOMING DISTINCTLY AVERAGE and Giles Paley-Phillips:  Winner of The People’s Book Prize Children’s 2012 for his book:  THE FEARSOME BEASTIE

January 2014

Happy New Year!
Just to bring you up to speed.  Publishers are submitting their entries for our Spring 2014 collection which starts on 1 March.  The public are actively voting for the entries in the Winter 2014 collection until 28th February when 9 more finalists will join the existing 18 from the Summer and Autumn collections.

Applications to attend The People’s Book Prize 5th Awards Ceremony on 28th May have started to arrive.   Please apply now as space at Stationers’ Hall is limited press@peoplesbookprize.com

Please keep voting and inviting your friends/colleagues/relatives to join our thousands of followers.

December 2013

Exciting new titles are now showcased in The People’s Book Prize Winter 2013 collection which is now being voted for until 28 February 2014.
The public has now voted for a further 9 Finalists (Autumn 2013 collection) so we are half way through to finding the Winners of The People’s Book Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s, Best Achievement & The Beryl Bainbridge First time Author Award.

These will be announced at our prestigious and elegant black tie 5th Awards Ceremony at Stationers Hall, Ave Maria Lane, near St. Paul’s Cathedral on 28th May 2013.

Our website offers a unique collection of books to choose from (current and past collections) that can be bought as gifts all year round and especially now during this Holiday Season.

Why not make a New Year’s Resolution to spread the word in 2014? Talk to your friends/colleagues/relatives and aim to get three new people to register at, www.peoplesbookprize.com?

Thanks from the Team at The People’s Book Prize and from us all best wishes for health, prosperity, happiness and peace now and in 2014.

September 2013

The public has now voted for The People’s Book Prize  9 Finalists Summer 2013 collection.

The People’s Book Prize Autumn 2013 collection is now being voted for until 30th November 2013.  Some exciting titles and authors.

We share with you useful news reported in The Publishers Association News and Events Newsletter:

UK Book Trade Job Club

Do you know anyone unemployed and from the UK book trade?  Bookcareers.com are continuing to run a job club for unemployed people from the UK book trade (publishing, bookselling, distribution) and hold regular meetings in Central London and have had excellent success in getting people back into the workplace.  If you know of anyone who needs help please ask them to email  Suzanne Collier atjobclub@bookcareers.com with their current CV.  This project is supported by The Book Trade Charity BTBS and The department of Publishing at UCL. Bookcareers.com are also able to provide qualified redundancy and outplacement support to publishers who are losing staff.  © Copyright The Publishers Association

May 2013


The People’s Book Prize is delighted to reveal the 2012/13 winners! The prestigious Awards Ceremony in the presence of patron Frederick Forsyth CBE took place on Wednesday 29th May and awarded five worthy winners:

Fiction Winner:  Interpreters by Sue Eckstein Published by Myriad Editions  
Children’s Winner:   
Ante’s Inferno by Griselda Heppel Published by Matador
Non-Fiction Winner
One Woman’s War By Eileen Younghusband Published by Candy Jar Books 
The Beryl Bainbridge Award for 1st Time Author Winner
A Guide to Becoming Distinctly AverageBy Amy Elliott-Smith Published by Crooked Cat Publishing
The Special Achievement Winner: E-Mail From The Soul By William Ayot Published by PS Avalon

Click here to see winners and finalists for 2012/2013

THE PEOPLE’S BOOK PRIZE GETS THE NATION READING! With two important strategic new partnerships:

Other News:   Eradicating illiteracy: Pilot scheme for prison libraries:  a new step to open new doors

The charity Read & Grow has joined forces with The People’s Book Prize to donate the unique 121 reading tool Yes We Can Read, to a number of prison libraries.

The ease of delivery of Yes We Can Read and its ‘each one teach one’ philosophy enables anyone who can read fluently to teach a non or poor reader within 6 months or less.  No training is required.

Using the ethos ‘for the prisoner by the prisoner’ it is hoped that inmates will pick up Yes We Can Read in the prison libraries and teach fellow inmates to read. At present over half the prison population has poor or no reading skills. Prisons benefiting from this pilot scheme are HMP Holloway, Ford, Aberdeen, Maghaberry, Brixton, Parkhurst, Kingston, Dorchester and Aylesbury YOP.

The public voted for YES WE CAN READ written by Libby Coleman and Nick Ainley.  By awarding it TPBP Special Achievement Prize, The People’s Book Prize recognised the importance of this publication and identified it as the perfect tool to eradicate illiteracy – the intellectual cancer – and it is now part of its constitution

The Directors of The People’s Book Prize are:  Tatiana WilsonTony Humphreys 

Tatiana Wilson is the founder of The People’s Book Prize.  She came up with the idea of an online and democratic prize after being frustrated that new authors and publishers were not being given equal opportunity in the marketplace, based purely on talent and ability. It is Tatiana’s ambition to use the People’s Book Prize to help eradicate illiteracy, which she calls the intellectual cancer, so was delighted when Yes We Can Read, a self help reading book, was voted for by the public in 2011.www.peoplesbookprize.com is the perfect place to discover new and undiscovered books, raise the profile of libraries and celebrate reading.

Tony Humphreys is Managing Director of Talent Television, a television production company which produces a wide range of entertainment and factual programmes for both UK and international broadcasters. Talent has a strong track record in interactive programmes leading the way in the UK as the producer of BBC1’s ‘Test the Nation’ series. Tony Humphreys, is also CEO of the prestigious annual art exhibition and competition Discerning Eye sponsored by ING.

Contact:  pr@peoplesbookprize.com  Ph 07 919 574 923   0207 665 6605     23 Berkeley Square London W1J 6HE

January 2013

The People’s Book Prize is the democratic Book Prize voted exclusively by the public aimed at finding, supporting and promoting new and undiscovered works.  It is the public who choose Britain’s Next Bestsellers.

Supported by Patron Frederick Forsyth CBE the Award consists of prizes in three genres – fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature. Leading up to the ceremony titles are showcased onwww.peoplesbookprize.com and the books which receive the most votes go forward as finalists with three authors emerging as winners. In addition, The Beryl Bainbridge Award for First Time Author is given in honour of TPBP founding patron and an award for Best Achievement for outstanding content to the author whose writing has led, or could lead to benefitting the community.