Shortlist for Business Book Awards features more on workplace and wellbeing than ever before

This year’s shortlist for the Business Booko Awards features more books than ever on wellbeing and happiness in the workplace as well as career self-development,  company culture and business ethics. A record number of women authors have also made the shortlist.

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