Waterstones Book of the Year 2020 Winner

It is our enormous pleasure to reveal Maggie O'Farrell’s magnificent historical novel Hamnet as our Book of the Year 2020.

Indisputably Maggie O'Farrell's masterpiece, Hamnet recreates both a vibrant Elizabethan world and the short, tragic life of Shakespeare's only son in peerless, evocative prose. Passionately championed by our booksellers since its publication in March, this uniquely powerful meditation on love, family and loss demands to be read by all. Our special Waterstones edition is sumptuously designed with gold foil on cloth binding, stunning endpapers and an exclusive essay.

 

“We have been hugely impressed by the abundance of brilliant books published this year and, for our booksellers, Hamnet is the clear standout title: a work of immense style and emotional heft which will surely go on to be a future classic.”

Bea Carvalho, Waterstones Fiction Buyer

 

 

A Few Words from Maggie O’Farrell

The author of Hamnet accepts the Waterstones Book of the Year 2020 accolade, with some words of heartfelt thanks to our booksellers.

 

The Waterstones Book of the Year 2020 Shortlist

Love in Colour
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£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Vanishing Half
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£8.99
Paperback
The Vanishing Half
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£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time
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Exciting Times
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£14.99
Hardback
Exciting Times
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£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Island Dreams
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£20.00
Hardback
Ex Libris
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£16.99
Hardback
Diary of a Young Naturalist
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£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Hamnet
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£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Book of Hopes
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The Ratline
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£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Ratline
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£20.00
Hardback

Previous Winners

Normal People
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£8.99
Paperback
The Essex Serpent
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£8.99
Paperback
The Fox and the Star
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The Fox and the Star
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The Miniaturist
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£8.99
Paperback
Stoner
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£9.99   £8.99
Paperback
POLPO
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£26.00
Hardback