Our shortlist for this year's Waterstones Book of the Year, nominated by our Booksellers.
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
This book is a manifesto for change; a ground breaking, anecdotal examination of sexism in modern day society. Everyone has a tipping point - and at hers, Laura Bates decided to launch the fourth wave of feminism.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
An atmospheric literary thriller set in seventeenth century Amsterdam. Written by actress-turned novelist Jessie Burton, this is the best-selling debut novel of the year.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
Man Booker Prize winner The Narrow Road to the Deep North is not just a war story (dedicated to his father who was a prisoner of war) but a love story. Hailed as a masterpiece, Richard Flanagan's epic novel tells the unforgettable story of one man's reckoning with the truth.
Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond by Sabrina Ghayour
A celebration of the food and flavours from the regions near the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. A beautiful book that has already been named Observer Food Monthly's Book of the Year.
Once Upon An Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers
The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words that in turn make stories, but what if there was a story FOR each of the letters instead? A work of exhilarating originality from artist Oliver Jeffers that is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous and above all entertaining tales inspired by every letter in the alphabet.
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
A hope-filled collection of essays and stories from Marina Keegan, who died in a car crash five days after her graduation from college in America, that articulates the universal struggle of working out what we aspire to be.
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
This year's Samuel Johnson Prize winner, H is for Hawk is a record of a spiritual journey. An unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald's struggle with the grief of losing her father, and her attempts at catharsis through the difficult process of training a goshawk.
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
A thought-provoking, brilliant and much-talked about economics book - and thats not a common combination. Capital in the Twenty-First Century - nominated for this year's FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year - reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today.