The Waterstones Book of the Year shortlist has been revealed today.
Waterstones Booksellers across the UK nominated the book they thought deserved the title of Book of the Year. They were asked to choose a book that stood out in its field, and that would speak to the company’s core customers – those people who love reading and that love books.
The books that made the shortlist include three fiction titles, four non-fiction titles and one children’s book.
James Daunt, Managing Director of Waterstones, says, “The judgement of our Booksellers is always interesting and, as this year, sometimes surprising. That we were obliged to extend the shortlist to eight is testament to the passionate support these books have earned in our bookshops. Any one may be crowned our Book of the Year with pride but – my goodness – it will be for a variety of reasons: all is well in the world of bookselling!”
The Waterstones Book of the Year shortlist in full (alphabetically by author surname):
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates (Simon & Schuster)
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Picador)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)
Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond by Sabrina Ghayour (Mitchell Beazley)
Once Upon An Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers (Harper Collins Children’s Books)
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan (Simon & Schuster)
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (Jonathan Cape)
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty (Harvard University Press)
The winning title will be chosen by a Waterstones panel headed by James Daunt and will be announced on Monday 1st December.
The title crowned Waterstones Book of the Year will receive the full and committed backing of Waterstones branches and booksellers across the UK, as well as support online and through its Loyalty Card programme, which reaches 1.7 million readers.