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Prizes

Over the years, our publications and authors have been the recipients of prestigious prizes and short- and longlisted for all major awards. Please see an extensive list below.

Company Awards

2018 – Shortlisted for the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards: Inclusivity in Publishing
2013 – Winner of the IPG Diversity Award
2013 – Shortlisted for the IPG Young Publisher of the Year Award (Lynn Gaspard)
2012 – Winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for Women in Publishing (Rukhsana Yasmin)
2010 – Shortlisted for Index on Censorship, Sage International Publishing Award
2009 – Winner of the British Book Industry Award for Diversity in Literature
2008 – Winner of the Arab British Centre Award
2003 – Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Small Publisher of the Year Award
2002 – Shortlisted for the IPG Independent Publisher of the Year Award

Book Awards

2018 – Elsewhere, Home by Leila Aboulela, Winner of the Saltire Society Fiction Book of the Year
2018 – Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani, Longlisted for the Big Book Prize ‘Modern Classics’
2018 – Istanbul, Istanbul by Burhan Sonmez translated by Umit Hussein, Winner of the EBRD Literature Prize
2018 – About My Mother by Tahar Ben Jelloun translated by Ros Schwarz and Lulu Norman, Longlisted for the EBRD Literature Prize
2018 – The Things I Would Tell You edited by Sabrina Mahfouz and Elsewhere, Home by Leila Aboulela, longlisted for the People’s Book Prize
2017 – The Commander by Laila Parsons, Winner of the Palestine Book Award
2017 – The Things I Would Tell You edited by Sabrina Mahfouz longlisted for the Grand Prix of Literary Associations Prize
2016 – Native by Sayed Kashua shortlisted for the Grand Prix of Literary Associations Prize
2016 – A Concise History of the Arabs by John McHugo and The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai (English) longlisted for the Grand Prix of Literary Associations Prize
2014 – I Am Nobody’s Nigger by Dean Atta, Longlisted for the Polari Best First Book Prize
2014 – Meet Me in Gaza by Louisa Waugh, Longlisted for the Stanford Dolman Best Travel Book of the Year Award
2014 – The Whispering Muse by Sjón, Longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award Fiction
2014 – Vauxhall by Gabriel Gbadamosi, Longlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award
2014 – The Summer My Father Died by Yudit Kiss, Shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize
2013 – Vauxhall by Gabriel Gbadamosi, Winner of the Best International Novel at Sharjah Book Fair
2013 – From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón, Shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2013 – Meet Me in Gaza by Louisa Waugh, Shortlisted for the MEMO Palestine Book Awards
2013 – A Concise History of the Arabs by John McHugo, Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title
2012 – From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón, Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
2011 – Sabra Zoo by Mischa Hiller, Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, Europe and South Asia
2011 – The Arabs and the Holocaust by Gilbert Achcar, Longlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize
2010 – Three Sisters by Bi Feiyu, Winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize
2009 – The Quest for Identities by Sabry Hafez, Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award
2009 – Another Gulmohar Tree by Aamer Hussein, Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Europe and South Asia
2009 – The Blue Fox by Sjón, Longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
2009 – Dubravka Ugresic, Shortlisted for the International Man Booker Prize
2008 – The Moon Opera by Bi Feiyu, Longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
2007 – Young Turk by Moris Farhi, Winner of the Alberto Benveniste Prize
2006 – The Ministry of Pain by Dubravka Ugresic, Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
2006 – Young Turk by Moris Farhi, Nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2006 – The Ministry of Pain by Dubravka Ugresic, Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
2006 – Wines of Lebanon by Michael Karam, Winner of the Best Book on New World Wines, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
2006 – Sufi Cuisine by Nevin Halici, Winner of the Best Foreign Cookbook, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
2005 – Young Turk by Moris Farhi, Shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize
2004 – The White Family by Maggie Gee, Shortlisted for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2004 – The Flood by Maggie Gee, Longlisted for the Orange Prize
2004 – The White Family by Maggie Gee, Shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2003 – Children of the Rainbow by Moris Farhi, Winner of the Special Prize Roma Academy of Culture and Sciences
2002 – The White Family by Maggie Gee, Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction
2002 – Children of the Rainbow by Moris Farhi, Winner of the Amico Rom Prize from the Associazione Them Romano of Italy
2002 – The White Family by Maggie Gee, Shortlisted for the Orange Prize
2001 – The History of Saudi Arabia by Alexei Vassiliev, Winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award
1989 – Journey through the Wilderness by Moris Farhi, Shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize

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