A debut novel translated from French is among six titles shortlisted for the first Waterstones Book of the Year. HHhH by Laurent Binet joins Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies as the only two novels. The other four are works of non-fiction: Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure (Artemis Cooper), The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot (Robert Macfarlane), On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does (Simon Garfield) and Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts) by Russell Norman.
The winning book will be announced on 29th November and the prize is for the book to be promoted in stores in December as “The Book of the Year”. The nominations came from Waterstones booksellers. Just one of the innovations brought in by new CEO James Daunt – we’re delighted that James will be one of the panellists in the “future of the book” debate at the Mitchell on 1st December See the full programme for the day on our website.