2020 saw the book industry rise to the challenge of celebrating the best books of the year despite the restrictions caused by covid-19. Many award ceremonies were streamed live on social media. Special guests joined via video calls. Readers across the globe were able to enjoy celebrations that had previously been exclusive events.
Prizes were awarded across fiction and non-fiction and a variety of genres. Douglas Stuart was awarded The Booker Prize - considered by many to be "the leading literary award in the English speaking world" - for Shuggie Bain by the unanimous choice of the judging panel, while Craig Brown was awarded The Baillie Gifford Prize for One Two Three Four, his "joyous, irreverent, insightful celebration of The Beatles".
Visit our award pages to find out more about the literary awards, their winners and shortlists, and browse our collection of 2020 award winners below.