BAMB Readers Awards 2016 - Competition

This competition has now closed.

As you all know, the first ever BAMB Readers Awards are taking place this month, and to celebrate I'm running a competition.

Thanks to Books are my bag and National Book Tokens, I'm giving four bookshop fans the chance to win the individual category shortlists.

How to enter

Visit a bookshop.

Buy a book.

Take a photo of you and the book, inside the bookshop.*

Send the picture to with the subject "BAMB competition", along with your name and address, the name of the book, the name and town of the bookshop you visited and the date of the visit. Also list your preference of winning from the fiction, non-fiction, memoir or children's shortlist. If you don't state a preference I'll enter you into the category with the least participants. If under 18, please include your age and the name and contact of a parent or guardian.

The competition runs from now until midnight on 24th November, 2016 – the day the winners of the BAMB Readers Awards are announced. There is no limit to the number of times one person can enter, but each entry must include the purchase of a different book, be sent in an individual email and be for a different category prize.

The four categories in more detail


This Must Be The Place by Maggie O'Farrell
The Muse by Jessie Burton
The Trouble With Goats And Sheep by Joanna Cannon
Grief Is The Thing With Feathers by Max Porter
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
The Green Road by Anne Enright
Read my thoughts on this shortlist here.


Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
SPQR by Mary Beard
Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane
The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
It's All in Your Head by Suzanne O'Sullivan


Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham
The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink
The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
At the Existentialist Café by Sarah Bakewell
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
Alive Alive Oh! by Diana Athill


One by Sarah Crossan
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie

Find out more about the BAMB Readers Awards and vote for your favourites (until 14th November) here.

* Ask your friendly bookseller to help. If you're camera-shy, you're welcome to be hiding behind the book, but for proof of purchase I do need to see you and the book inside the bookshop.

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