Waterstones Book of the Year 2023

It is our great pleasure to reveal Impossible Creatures by Katherine Rundell as the Waterstones Book of the Year 2023. Alice Winn's In Memoriam scoops Novel of the Year, whilst Murdle by G.T. Karber is named Gift of the Year.

The exhilarating story of a courageous boy, a hunted girl, and a stunningly realised magical land called the Archipelago; Impossible Creatures is a masterclass in page-turning storytelling. Populated by dragons, griffins, manticores and more, this is our booksellers' favourite read of the year and one that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with classics like Harry Potter and His Dark Materials.

 

'This is as close to perfect as fiction gets: immaculate world-building, dazzling storytelling, and adventure galore. Rundell isn't afraid to trust young readers with weighty themes, but never loses sight of the need to make reading joyous and fun, celebrating humour with as much care as awe and wonder. It is an immediate classic which children will delight in for years to come, and which will remind adults of the genius to be found within the pages of children's books.'

Bea Carvalho, Head of Books

Katherine Rundell discusses Impossible Creatures


 

Waterstones Novel of the Year 2023

Our 2023 Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize winner also becomes our Novel of the Year, with our booksellers’ deep and abiding love for Alice Winn’s breathtaking World War I-set book only too evident. A cinematic tale of slow-burning romance amidst the horrors of the trenches, In Memoriam finds hope and transcendence in humanity’s darkest times through the complex relationship between Henry Gaunt and Sidney Ellwood, as they trade their idyllic boarding school for the Western Front. A moving and truly unforgettable reading experience, In Memoriam is fully deserving of the multitude of praise that has been lavished upon it.


 

Waterstones Gift of the Year 2023

Prepare to lose all your free time to the puzzle book phenomenon that is sweeping the country. Waterstones booksellers were amongst the first to recognise the addictive genius of Murdle, G.T. Karber’s collection of one hundred murder mystery puzzles helmed by the inscrutable Deductive Logico. Marrying its author’s fondness for classic crime to a fiendish intellectual challenge reminiscent of Wordle or Sudoku, Murdle invokes codes, maps, illustrations and more to create the perfect gift for all armchair detectives and fans of whodunits.

£14.99 £12.99
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As a great treat for all Murdle fans, G.T Karber delivers another hundred superb logic puzzles, this time with cases of especially foul quality.
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