There’s no better feeling than snuggling up and getting lost into a good book. It is the ultimate escapism, especially if it’s a gripping piece of fiction that you can’t put down.
As you may know, the British Book Awards are dedicated to celebrating those incredible gems that entertain us time and time again and this year, the prestigious ceremony is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To mark the milestone, the awards (also known as The Nibbies) have introduced a one-off category to award the best book of the past three decades.
Tough decision, we know. There have been hundreds of bestsellers in the last thirty years, so before the all important decision is made and the winner is crowned, the British Book Awards have created a long list of 30 best books from the past 30 years. And we don’t know about you, but we’ve certainly spotted some of our favourites in the line-up.
Commenting on the long list, Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller and chair of the judges at the British Book Awards, said: ‘For 30 years the British Book Awards has celebrated and rewarded everything that is good about British publishing through its big, successful and prize-winning books.
‘This is an opportunity to relive a few memories of these past three decades, to cherish the books, authors, illustrators, agents, and publishers that brought them to market and the booksellers and librarians that sought out readers for them.’
So, how many have you read already?
The 30 best books of last three decades (in no particular order)
- A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle (Penguin), 1990
- Delia Smith’s Christmas (BBC Books), 1991
- Wild Swans, Jung Chang (William Collins), 1992
- The Art Book (Phaidon), 1995
- Longitude, Dava Sobel (Fourth Estate), 1997
- Northern Lights, Philip Pullman (Scholastic), 1997
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J K Rowling (Bloomsbury), 1998
- Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding (Picador), 1998
- Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres (Vintage), 1998
- The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt (Doubleday), 2000
- White Teeth, Zadie Smith (Penguin), 2001
- Sahara, Michael Palin (Weidenfeld Nicholson), 2003
- Brick Lane, Monica Ali (Transworld), 2004
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Mark Haddon (David Fickling), 2004
- The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (Picador), 2004
- The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (Transworld), 2005
- The Gruffalo’s Child, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Macmillan), 2005
- The Sound of Laughter, Peter Kay (Century), 2007
- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini (Bloomsbury), 2008
- Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown), 2009
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson (Quercus), 2009
- Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama (Canongate), 2009
- Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate), 2010
- One Day, David Nicholls (Hodder), 2010
- How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran (Ebury), 2011
- Fifty Shades of Grey, EL James (Cornerstone), 2012
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman (HarperFiction), 2018
- The Lost Words, Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton), 2018
- 5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph), 2018
- Normal People, Sally Rooney (Faber), 2019