Waterstone’s, one of my favorite bookstores, compiles a nomination list of the best books of the year and one book is given the honor as the best book of the year. And the winner has just been released.
And the winner is…
Le Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust ,Volume One) by Philip Pullman
From the Waterstone’s website:
After nomination by our booksellers and a final round of judging led by our Managing Director James Daunt, we can proudly reveal Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One as our Waterstones Book of the Year 2017.
“This is a winner that is going to bring a lot of pleasure to an ever-widening audience,” declared James Daunt, “and we could not be more pleased to play our part in its success.”
Set in the world so masterfully established by Philip Pullman in his trilogy His Dark Materials, La Belle Sauvage is a story of survival, where two children, with everything at stake, find themselves pursued by a terrifying evil. In their care is a tiny child, and in that child lies the fate of the future.
To celebrate Philip Pullman’s win, we present a very special edition of La Belle Sauvage. The volume arrives in an exclusive cloth jacket, enhanced by gold foil and embossed finishes, a gold ribbon marker and endpapers of the London and Oxford skylines.
Here are the books that made the shortlist:
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
Mr Lear by Jenny Uglow