Last years winner was the stunning, The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford Smith. I have a little tradition of reading the old year out and the new one in and this was the book I choose for the ending of 2015 and the start of 2016.
This year the selection of titles up for book of the year was again picked by their booksellers and its a varied and rich selection including a script and a memoir.
The first was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child part’s 1 & 2 and is again set in J K Rawlings wizarding world. Having seen the fabulous film I need to own this book and fully intend to buy it.
The second nomination was November’s non-fiction book of the month, The Optician of Lampedusa by Emma Jane Kirby. A highly emotional read about those caught up in the Mediterranean refugee crisis. Having read the book myself, I know its a hard and very emotional read, but I feel its a book everyone should read.
A new Beatrix Potter book was the third choice. It is a fusing of Potter’s magical words with illustrations by the very talented Quentin Blake.
The fourth selection was Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher De Hamel. Having myself seen some of the beautiful manuscripts housed in the British Library, I’m sure this part history, memoir and travelogue will be a delight to read.
When Breath Becomes Air is Paul Kalanithi’s memoir and has long been on my to read list. I’m just not sure I am brave enough to read it!
The last book on the long list was The Essex Serpent and the winner, is again a book on my to read list. It has come highly recommended by a few book bloggers I admire and I intend to make sure I read it. It was the only novel on the short list and contains a murder, monster and a love story. What more does a novel need? Congratulations to all those that made it onto the list and Sarah Perry for becoming the writer of Waterstone’s book of the year 2016.