Books  |  May 13, 2022

Susanna Clarke shortlisted for Indie Book Awards

Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi has been shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2022. 

The award recognises the best paperbacks for summer as part of Independent Bookshop Week. Organised by the Bookseller’s Association (BA), the awards honour titles curated by booksellers, across fiction, non-fiction, children’s fiction and picture book categories. The judging panel for the adult categories comprises chair Matt Steele (Ivybridge Bookshop), Melanie Greenwood (Drake The Bookshop), Carolynn Bain (Afrori Books), Sally Pattle (Far From the Madding Crowd) and Stephanie Goulden (Blackwell’s Edinburgh).

, winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021, has been shortlisted in the Fiction category. Piranesi is a mysterious tale that examines the nature of fantasy and introduces readers to an astonishing new world; an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds. It has been shortlisted for other awards such as the Hugo Award, Costa Novel Award and the Nebula Award, and has received an array of stellar reviews proclaiming it a "miraculous and luminous feat of storytelling" that showcases an "irresistible unspooling mystery set in a world of original strangeness". 

Emma Bradshaw, head of campaigns at the BA, said: "The Indie Book Awards celebrate the best paperback reads of the summer, as recommended by the experts, independent booksellers. This year’s shortlist features New York Times-bestselling titles, authors who have been passionately championed by indies for years, authors who have been on the Indie Book Awards shortlist before and some exciting new authors. We’re lucky to be celebrating Independent Bookshop Week with lots of author events across the country this year, including some of the shortlisted authors. We encourage all book lovers to go to their local indie and get their hands on this year’s wonderful shortlist!”

The winners will be announced on Friday 24th June, the penultimate day of Independent Bookshop Week, which runs from the 18th to 25th June. The winners will be announced live on the Mark Forrest show, which airs from 10am on Scala Radio, and is the media partner of the awards.