The British Book Awards 2023

Author of the Year

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Bonnie Garmus

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Crafting stories with the elegance of a fountain pen, inspired by the masters of literature. Congratulations, Bonnie Garmus, @bonnie_garmus_author  on being awarded Author of the Year The British Book Awards for her exceptional book, "Lessons in Chemistry”

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Débuts do not come much bigger or better than Bonnie Garmus’ Lessons in Chemistry. Published in April 2022, it has spent 35 weeks near the top of the charts, with more than 200,000 copies shifted in the UK TCM and rights sold in 40 territories.

Moving to London in 2017 and feeling lonely in a new city, Garmus signed up to a creative writing course, which is how she met her agent, Felicity Blunt at Curtis Brown. Blunt led a 16-way auction during lockdown 2020, with Transworld emerging as the victor. “Never has the entire company been so hungry and determined to win a book,” the publisher noted.

The novel’s influence at this year’s Nibbies is pronounced, with nods for the Fiction: Début award and in the Marketing, Publicity, Imprint (Doubleday) and Agent (Felicity Blunt) categories.

As well as writing a truly original book, Garmus is also notable for being a 64-year-old début author, a rarity in an industry that often seems obsessed with the voice of youth. “I feel great about having reached this goal now, at this age,” she told The Bookseller ahead of publication in 2022. Lessons in Chemistry looks set for an even greater 2023: after its paperback release in March it notched up four consecutive Mass Market Fiction number ones.

Congratulations to Bonnie Garmus, British Book Awards Author of the Year.