It’s that time of the year for ‘best’ lists, here’s Waterstones’ Books of the Year shortlist !
Everyday sexism by Laura Bates – a manifesto for change; a ground breaking, anecdotal examination of sexism in modern day society. Welcome to the fourth wave of feminism!
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – Autumn 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways. Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan -In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, cholera, & beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. Hailed as a masterpiece, this epic novel tells the unforgettable story of one man’s reckoning with the truth.
Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond by Sabrina Ghayour -Her first cookbook is a celebration of the food and flavours from the regions near the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, with over 100 recipes for modern and accessible Middle Eastern dishes
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan – An inspiring, deeply affecting posthumous collection of award-winning essays and stories from a young author who has become an icon for her generation
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald – Samuel Johnson prize winner. Spiritual journey, struggle with grief
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty – What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In this title, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century, to uncover key economic and social patterns
For children: Once Upon An Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers