A STORY WORTH TELLING: MALALA YOUSAFZAI HONOURED AT THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDSThe Specsavers National Book Awards showcases the best of British writing & publishing, whilst celebrating books with wide popular appeal, critical acclaim and commercial success.

The 2014 shortlists have been announced.

The awards ceremony is one of the most glamorous events in the literary calendar, confirmed to take place on Wednesday 26th November, followed by a reception at 11 Downing Street.

The Specsavers National Book Awards are the only national literary prize that covers every genre of publishing, each year reflecting the books most loved by readers. Sponsored by Specsavers, the awards are presented in association with Books Are My Bag, a publishing industry-wide campaign, which carries a simple and powerful message allowing readers to display their love and support for local bookshops.

The shortlist and category winners are chosen by votes from the National Book Awards Academy. After the awards ceremony the public are asked to vote for their favourite of the award winners to become the Specsavers Book of the Year.

Latest news


Shortlist revealed for Specsavers National Book Awards

November 5, 2014

Some of the UK’s best-loved personalities including Mary Berry, John Cleese, Stephen Fry and Caitlin Moran have joined the list of commercially and critically acclaimed authors nominated for this year’s Specsavers National Book Awards in association wi …

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman Wins Specsavers Book of the Year 2013!

December 26, 2013

Fantasy reigns supreme as The Ocean at the End of the Lane gets the public’s vote Neil Gaiman became the author of Britain’s favourite book today, as his contemporary fantasy The Ocean at the End of the Lane was named Specsavers Book of the Year for 20 …

Malala Yousafzai

A Story Worth Telling: Malala Yousafzai honoured at The Specsavers National Book Awards

December 11, 2013

Award winners now battle it out for overall Book of the Year Award. London, Wednesday 11 December—Winners of the Specsavers National Book Awards 2013, a celebration of Britain’s best books, were revealed earlier this evening at a dazzling awards ceremo …


Which Writers will have the Last Word at the Specsavers National Book Awards?

November 18, 2013

Awards Shortlist Announced Today The nation’s most commercially and critically successful authors are to be honoured at the star-studded Specsavers National Book Awards, which celebrate the best books of 2013. Announced today, the shortlist reveals whi …


E.L. James is the public’s favourite as Fifty Shades of Grey wins the Specsavers Book of the Year vote

December 26, 2012

The popular fiction title written by E L James has been named the Specsavers National Book of the Year for 2012. She was the overall winner of the public vote which comprised winners of all ten categories from the Specsavers National Book Awards. Fifty …


E.L. James, Hilary Mantel, Clare Balding and Miranda Hart make it a great night for women at The Specsavers National Book Awards.

December 4, 2012

London, Tuesday 4th December—The winners of the Specsavers National Book Awards 2012, a celebration of the best of British publishing, were tonight revealed at a star-studded awards ceremony at London’s prestigious Mandarin Oriental. The public will no …


A Stellar line-up competes for this year’s Specsavers National Book Awards

November 13, 2012

The Nation’s favourite writers go head-to-head today 13/11/12 as the Specsavers National Book Awards shortlist, recognising the most popular books of the year, is announced. In a year that has seen books dominating headlines thanks to blockbuster title …


Specsavers announced as headline sponsor

September 15, 2012

HIGH street retailer Specsavers will replace Galaxy as the new headline sponsor of the National Book Awards.


2012 Awards date

June 28, 2012

For the second year, the Awards event will be a star-studded party hosted at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London. This year’s ceremony will be held on the evening of 4th December 2012.

Galaxy Book Awards 2011 Mandarin Oriental Hotel London

North London Book Group win video review competition

January 16, 2012

We are pleased to announce the winner of the National Book Awards video review competition that celebrated all the great crime and thriller novels on this year’s National Book Awards shortlist.