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Gardners are delighted to once against be sponsoring the Independent Bookseller of the Year Award for the 14th Year at the British Book Awards! We are passionate about supporting booksellers, and after the challenges thrown at our trade in past 12 months, their resilience has proven stronger than ever.

The lucky winner of this award for 2023 will win a £5000 cash prize to be spent on their bookshop.

Gardners  are the only award sponsor who offer their category winner a cash prize!

 - Prize Information

The cheque will be presented at the Gardners Trade Show in 2023, not at the awards ceremony.


Thursday 16th March

The Regional and Country winners have been announced, find out which lucky shops made it through below!

Independent Bookshop of the year 2022 - The Bookery Crediton


The nine bookshops on this shortlist are winners in their own right, having triumphed at the regional rounds of this award, and the judges saluted their inspiring achievements. “In the teeth of a pandemic, UK bookselling is getting better and better… the professionalism and customer focus are outstanding.”

From the nine, it is community-owned The Bookery in Crediton, champion in the south-west England region, that scoops the overall prize and the £5,000 from sponsor Gardners that comes with it.

The wins are rewards for The Bookery’s phenomenal work—not just as a bookseller but as a force for good in its area. Lockdowns could have wrecked the start of 2021 for the shop, but as at many indies, the team rolled their sleeves up and got on with things, delivering orders by foot and bike, running virtual shop tours and book clubs, and completing a striking rebrand with the help of illustrator Sarah McIntyre.

IBOTY Winner


Sevenoaks Bookshop

IBOTY Winner



IBOTY Winner


Golden Hare Bookshop

IBOTY Winner


Five Leaves Bookshop

IBOTY Winner


Gutter Bookshop

IBOTY Winner



IBOTY Winner


Booka Booksellers

IBOTY Winner


Dulwich Books

IBOTY Winner


Lingham’s Booksellers

IBOTY Winner


The Mainstreet Trading Company

IBOTY Winner


Mrs B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

IBOTY Winner


One Tree Books

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