Lancashire book of the year

Lancashire Book of the Year - the longest running young people's regional book award in the country.

The award remains one of the few book awards in which young people themselves are solely responsible for choosing both the shortlist and the overall winning book.

The award is voted for by Year 9 students in high schools around the county. Each school is given a collection of books, submitted by publishers as being the best books they had produced for the 12-14 age group. The young people then read and shortlist the books before choosing the overall winner.

From a long list of fiction titles the shortlist was announced on 20 March 2017 each one guaranteed to be a really good read, endorsed by the young people of Lancashire.

The final judging by the young people took place at County Hall on 30 June.

2017's Winner

Revealed at a special ceremony at the University of Central Lancashire on Friday 7 July 2017 attended by all the young judges and the short-listed authors, we are happy to announce that the winner of the Lancashire Book of the Year 2017 is Natalie Flynn for The Deepest Cut.

Deepest cut by Natalie Flynn

The deepest cut

by Natalie Flynn


This is the shortlist of books chosen for the 2017 award. Read one (or all of them) - give a star rating - write a review. Follow @lancspublib #LBOY2017 on Twitter.

2017's shortlist

Consumed by Abbie Rushton


by Abbie Rushton

Under rose tainted skies

by Louise Gornall

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham


by Jenny Downham

Broken sky by Lee Weatherly

Broken sky

by Lee Weatherly

Follow me back by Nicci Cloke

Follow me back

by Nicci Cloke

Paper butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

Paper butterflies

by Lisa Heathfield

What's a girl gotta do by Holly Bourne

What's a girl gotta do?

by Holly Bourne

Book of lies by Teri Terry

Book of lies

by Teri Terry

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey

Read the eBook

by Sophie Kinsella

What I couldn't tell you by Faye Bird

What I couldn't tell you

Read the eBook

by Faye Bird

Deepest cut by Natalie Flynn

The deepest cut

by Natalie Flynn

Join in

Now the shortlist has been announced, why not join in?  If you're aged between 12 and 14 take a look at this year's highlighted titles.  You can read all or some of them and the books can be reserved for you to collect from your nearest library.  Alternatively why not check if they are available to download from our eBook library, for free, on to your phone or tablet.

Once you've read them, give a 'star' rating and write your own review.  We are keen to hear and share your views on these titles and your comments could help others to decide whether the book is for them!

If you need help ask at your library.

Share your reading

As well as giving a star rating or writing a review, you can join in conversations online.​

Twitter Icon Follow @lancspublib on Twitter for updates from us including other favourite reads. Let others know what you have been reading and what you thought about the books by using #LBOY2017 in your tweets.

Volunteer in your local library

Are you aged 12 - 24 and passionate about reading?

Why not share your skills and help younger children (aged 4 - 11) improve their reading at one of our libraries. You'll be listening to children talk about the books they've read, recommending new titles and supporting them complete the Lancashire Reading Trail.

Volunteer to be a Reading Hack