Shortlist for business book awards 2019 revealed

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.

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
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