Book Award

This Award high standards of published works in psychology. Nominees are able to represent books in any of the following categories:

Academic monograph

Defined as – a significant scholarly work, usually by a single author that has contributed to, defined or redefined an area of psychological knowledge.

Practitioner text

Defined as – a manual, reference or handbook, that has made a significant impact in expounding and promulgating an evidence-based approach, to an area of practice of psychology.

Text book

Defined as – an instructional text or manual on one area of psychological knowledge or on psychology more generally for the specific purpose of contributing to a course of psychological study that has made a significant impact on the learning and teaching of psychology.

Popular science

Defined as – an exposition of an area of psychology or psychology more generally, written in an accessible way and aimed at the general reader.

Four awards will be available – one from each of the categories above.


The award includes a commemorative certificate and the sum of £500.

For more information contact the Awards and Grants team.


  • The author or at least one co-author must be resident in the UK.
  • We can only accept nominations for books published after 1st January 2019.
  • Edited collections of papers are not eligible.
  • Books published by the Society under the partnership with Routledge are not eligible.
  • The book must be consistent with the Society’s Guidelines on The Use of Non-Sexist Language (copies of which are available on request).
  • We can only consider first editions of a book.

Conflicts of interest

Nominators must declare all personal and professional conflicts of interest – e.g. if nominating a spouse/partner or other relation. A conflict of interest will not prevent acceptance of the nomination, but will be borne in mind by the awarding panel when considering the award. If we become aware of a conflict of interest that you have not declared we will have to discount the nomination.


The Award sub-committee, made up of Research Board members, considers all nominations received. The panel will not include anyone involved in publishing a nominated book. The panel will assess each book on how successful it has been in achieving its purposes.

Nomination criteria

  • Nominators can make up to a maximum of two nominations in each category. Please submit nominations separately
  • Individuals, authors, publishers or their agents may make a nomination
  • Nomination submissions must include the title of the book; the category in which it is being nominated; the name(s) and full contact details (including email address) of the author(s) and the publisher and the date of publication
  • Please include a statement (approximately one side of A4), explaining:
  1.  Why the author(s) should receive the Book Award
  2.  Why the book is relevant now, what new issues/approaches it includes and how it    differs from previous publications
  3.  What is the focus of evidence (e.g. theoretical discussions or experimental research, case studies supported by previous work, the author’s own research etc.)
  4. Who the intended audience is and why they should read it
  5. How the book will enhance knowledge, research, practice or day-to-day life
  • Please also include at least two published, English language, reviews of the book. If a review is in a foreign language, you should include an English language transcript
  • Please also note that, if you are re-submitting a nomination from a previous year, please include reviews that have been published in the period following the initial submission
  • Reviews from online journals are acceptable. However, non-peer reviewed ratings e.g. Amazon reviews are not accepted
  • Please provide an electronic copy of the book*. This will greatly assist our judging panel
  • If we do not receive any books of sufficient merit within a category, we reserve the right to make no award
  • We regret that we cannot accept late nominations.

Should your nomination be successful we would very much like you to send a copy of the book to each panel member. We will contact you as required.  

Please note that you will need all of the following information to help complete the electronic nomination form:

Checklist for Nominations
  • Title of Book and year of publication
  • If available a link to e-book (may be time limited) or PDF
  • Category in which nominated (Maximum of 2 nominations in each category)
  • Contact details (including email) of nominator
  • Contact details (including email) of author
  • Contact details (including email) of publisher
  • A nomination statement
  • At least 2 current, published, English language reviews

Previous recipients

2018: Academic Monograph

  • Chris Chambers - The Seven Deadly Sins of Psychology: A Manifesto for Reforming the Culture of Scientific Practice

2018: Textbook

  • Jennifer Brown, Yvonne Shell, Terri Cole - Forensic Psychology: Theory, Research, Policy, Practice

2018: Popular Science

  • Tali Sharot - The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others

2017: Academic monograph

  • Kevin N Laland - Darwin's Unfinished Symphony: How culture made the human mind

2017: Practitioner text

  • Tammi Walker and Graham Towl - Preventing self-injury and suicide in women's prisons

2017: Textbook

  • Professor Julie Turner-Cobb - Child Health Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

2017: Popular science

  • Barbara J Sahakian and Julia Gottwald - How fMRI reveals what really goes on in our minds

2016: Academic monograph

  • Susan Golombok - Modern Families: Parents and Children in New Family Forms

2016: Practitioner text

  • Rudi Coetzer and Ross Balchin - Working with Brain Injury - A Primer for Psychologists Working in Under-Resourced Settings

2016: Textbook

  • Andrew P. Wickens - A History of the Brain: From Stone Age Surgery to Modern Neuroscience

2016: Popular science

  • Richard Stephens - Black Sheep: The Hidden Benefits of Being Bad

2015: Textbook

  • Lynne Murray - The Psychology of Babies

2015: Popular science

  • Michael Bond - The Power of Others: Peer Pressure, Groupthink, and How the People Around Us Shape Everything We do

2014: Textbook

  • John Cromby, David Harper, and Paula Reavey - Psychology, Mental Health, and Distress

2014: Popular science

  • Tali Sharot - The Optimism Bias... Why We're Wired to Look on the Bright Side

2013: Academic monograph

  • Claire Hughes - Social Understanding and Social Lives: From Toddlerhood Through to the Transition to School

2013: Practitioner text

  • Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Joanna Yarker, and Rachel Lewis - Preventing Stress in Organizations: How to Develop Positive Managers

2013: Textbook

  • Victoria Clarke, Sonja J. Ellis, Elizabeth Peel, and Damien W. Riggs - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology: An Introduction

2013: Popular science

  • Claudia Hammond - Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception

2012: Merrin Lazyan, Catherine Collin, Nigel Benson, Joannah Ginsburg, Voula Grand, and Marcus Weeks - The Psychology Book


  • Vasudevi Reddy - How Infants Know Minds


  • A review of the award scheme meant that no award was made in 2010


  • Alan Baddeley - Working Memory, Thought, and Action



  • Andy Field - Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (2nd edn)


  • Jeffrey Gray - Consciousness: Creeping Up On the Hard Problem



  • Richard Bentall - Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature


  • Barbara Wilson - Case Studies in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation



  • Vicki Bruce and Andy Young - In the Eye of the Beholder: the Science of Face Perception


  • Gerry Altmann - The Ascent of Babel: an Exploration of Language, Mind and Understanding


  • Dorothy Bishop - Uncommon Understanding: Development and Disorders of Language Comprehension in Children


  • Adrian Wells and Gerald Matthews - Attention and Emotion: A Clinical Perspective


  • Richard Byrne - The Thinking Ape


  • Christopher Frith - The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia


  • A reorganisation of the timetable of the award meant that no award was made in 1995


  • Annette Karmiloff-Smith - Beyond Modularity: A Developmental Perspective on Cognitive Science


  • Nicholas Humphrey - A History of the Mind