Have you read The Miniaturist yet? It was Waterstones Book of the Year, Specsavers Book of the Year and Jessie Burton’s novel is the fastest selling debut since Fifty Shades of Grey and has topped the UK book chart for a second week in a row, selling 25,268 copies in the seven days leading to the 10th January. The novel has now sold just over 58,700 copies in paperback in four weeks!
But you don’t need to buy it, borrow it from Leeds Libraries…
On an autumn day in 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 illustrious 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 author is already hard at work on another book. ‘It’s called Belonging,’ she reveals of novel number two. ‘It’s about an artist who is disgraced and disappears during the Spanish Civil War.
’30 years on, a woman with a secret finds her life thrown into turmoil when his missing works turn up in her London gallery. It’s about art and identity, war, and finding love and friendship in unorthodox places.’
Catch up on the rest of the Specsavers National Book Award winners. Most are rated 5* by Leeds Readers
Nina Stibbe’s ‘Love, Nina’ was named Non-fiction Book of the Year. The author said she was “stunned” at the reception the book, made up of letters she wrote to her sister during her time as a nanny in the 1980s. Nick Hornby is adapting ‘Love, Nina’ for the screen, and she is currently working on a sequel to ‘Man at the Helm’ her début novel released earlier this year.
Jessie Burton was awarded the ‘Books Are My Bag’ New Writer of the Year Award for ‘The Miniaturist’. She is working on a second novel, set during the Spanish Civil War and the London art scene in the 1960s.
Nathan Filer was another debut novelist among the winners at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014 for ‘The Shock of the Fall’ which won the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year. It crowned a year which started with the book winning the Costa Book of the Year award.
David Walliams’ ‘Awful Auntie’ was named Children’s Book of the Year, the third consecutive year a Walliams novel won the award, and the book was also the winner of the Audible Audiobook of the Year award.
Crime Book of the Year was awarded to Terry Hayes’ I Am Pilgrim.
Yotam Ottolenghi won the Food and Drink of the Year award for ‘Plenty More’.
Alan Johnson’s memoir ‘Please, Mister Postman’ (the sequel to ‘This Boy’), was named the winner of the Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year.
International Author of the Year was Karen Joy Fowler for the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’.