Four Penguin Random House titles on the Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 shortlist
The shortlist for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 award, nominated by Waterstones booksellers, has been announced, with four Penguin Random House titles making the cut. These are:
- The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots – Beatrix Potter (Warne/Penguin Random House Children’s)
- When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi (The Bodley Head/Vintage)
- Meeting with Remarkable Manuscripts – Christopher De Hamel (Allen Lane/Penguin Press)
- The Optician of Lampedusa – Emma-Jane Kirby (Allen Lane/Penguin Press)
They will go up against J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Little Brown) and Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent (Profile) for the award, won last year by Penguin Press author and designer Coralie Bickford-Smith’s The Fox and the Star, which subsequently saw a 5000% sales increase across the whole Waterstones estate to make it one of the year’s best selling titles. In 2014, it was won by John William’s rediscovered classic Stoner, published by Vintage.
The winner will be announced on Thursday 1 December, after being chosen by a panel headed up by Waterstones Managing Director James Daunt.
He commented: “Our booksellers time and again nominate a highly eclectic list. This year only the inclusion of the de factor patron saint of booksellers, J K Rowling, was predictable. Praise be to her, but I encourage all to look closely at the other wonderful books we shortlist. Amongst so much excellent publishing this year, readers may have missed the lightly written, breathtakingly beautiful Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts; Sarah Perry’s gripping novel; the wise and moving When Breath Becomes Air; Quentin Blake’s evergreen magic; and, for me, most arresting of all, the quiet power of The Optician of Lampedusa. Booksellers have a sharp eye for the exceptional and those at Waterstones have thrown into the hat some absolute gems.”