Shortlist For The Business Book Awards 2019 Announced

Shortlist celebrating the UK’s most ground-breaking business authors announced 


156 entries 

58 women authors entered – more than ever before – and 24 women as finalists 

More books than ever on wellbeing and happiness in the workplace as well as career self-development – showing the trend to drive self-improvement

Books on company culture and ethics – reflection of changing awareness around consumer and employee expectations


The judges of the 2019 Business Book Awards are delighted to announce the much-anticipated shortlist for this year’s event…

After reading their way through piles of brilliant entries and spending many hours in deliberation and hot discussion, the esteemed judges – including top authors, broadcasters, publishers and people from all areas of business – have whittled down this year’s entrants to a thought-provoking shortlist of books at the forefront of their field.

On 16th January authors, past winners, publishers and journalists gathered at an exclusive event at The Grange Hotel, London to discover who had made the shortlist. A selection of last year’s winners, Campbell Macpherson, author of The Change Catalyst and Tom Bird and Jeremey Cassell, authors of The Leader’s Guide to Presenting, spoke on how being Business Book Award Winners had boosted their businesses and facilitated new career opportunities. Head Judge Alison Jones then took to the stage to announce the 2019 shortlist.

The winners of the 2019 Business Book Awards in each category – as well as the overall winner – will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony attended by leading names in the business and publishing worlds on 26th March 2019 at The Grange Hotel, London.


Start-Up Inspiration

The Creative's Guide to Starting a Business by Harriet Kelsall

The Future is Freelance by Kirsty Hulse

The Successful Mumpreneur by Debbie Gilbert

Working in the Gig Economy by Thomas Oppong

Rise of the Youpreneur by Chris Ducker

Sales and Marketing

100 Practical Ways to Improve Customer Experience by Martin Newman & Malcolm McDonald

Art of the Click by Glenn Fisher

Narrative by Numbers by Sam Knowles

The Choice Factory by Richard Shotton

Grow Fast, Grow Global by Sarah Carroll

HR and Management

Accelerated Leadership Development by Ines Wichert

Data-Driven HR by Bernard Marr

Mind Tools for Managers by James Manktelow & Julian Birkinshaw

SUPERENGAGED by Nikki Gatenby

The Learning Imperative by Mark Burns & Andy Griffith

Embracing Change 

Corporate Emotional Intelligence by Gareth Chick

Run Fast by Neil How

The Lean Product Lifecycle by Tendayi Viki & Craig Strong

The Mother of all Jobs by Christine Armstrong

The Post-Truth Business by Sean Pillot de Chenecey

Heartificial Empathy by Minter Dial

Powered by Change by Jonathan MacDonald

The Digital Ape by Nigel Shadbolt & Roger Hampson



Employee Confidence by Karen J. Hewitt

The Leadership Lab by Chris Lewis & Pippa Malmgren

Get Social by Michelle Carvill

Your Leadership Story by Deborah Henley

Recruit, Inspire & Retain by Jacqui Mann

Superfast: Lead at Speed by Sophie Devonshire


Be More Pirate by Sam Conniff Allende

Social Media for a New Age by Katie Brockhurst

Shine by Andy Cope & Gavin Oattes

The Busy Person's Guide to Great Presenting by Lee Warren

You Were Born to Speak by Richard Newman & Judy Barratt

Is This It? by Ruth Kudzi

Defining You by Fiona Murden

Executive Presentations by Jacqui Harper

Short Business Books 

Lessons in Leadership by John Adair

Strategy Plain and Simple by Vaughan Evans

The Attitude Book by Simon Tyler

Be Useful by Jos Burton

The Art of Plain Speaking by Charlie Corbett

Specialist Book 

The Numbers Business by Della Hudson

The Winning Mix by Claire Brumby

The 7 Principles of Conflict Resolution by Louisa Weinstein

The School Business Manager's Handbook by Hayley Dunn

Power Property Investing for Women by Bindar Dosanjh


International Book

Leading Digital Transformation by Joakim Jansson & Marie Andervin

The Bootle Boy by Les Hinton

Yours Truly by Margarita Mayo

Legacy in the Making by Mark Miller & Lucas Conley

Resilience at Work by Kathryn Jackson

The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene


The founder of the Business Book Awards, Lucy McCarraher, its judges and this year’s shortlisted authors are available to interview, write by-lined articles or offer expert comment on topics including:

Why are so few business books written by women – and how can we tackle this?

Workplace Wellbeing – will this be the biggest business trend of 2019? 

Ethical Entrepreneurs: 10 top books to help you start up an ethical business

The rise of the ‘authorpreneur’: Could writing a business book be the key to taking your career up a gear?

10 best business books written by women

Work-life balance: leading business authors share their best hacks

10 award-winning business authors share their top tips for writing a bestselling business book


For further information, a guest article, interview or expert comment from the founder of the Business Book Awards Lucy McCarraher, its judges and this year’s shortlisted authors please contact one of The Book Publicist team:

Emma Holtz: Emma.holtz@thebookpublicist


Phone: 01497 288 018