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The Book People has an exciting range of prize-winning books. Find fiction books that have won the Man Booker Prize, the Costa Prize, the Baileys Women's Prize and the British Book Awards.

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Award-Winning Fiction Books

  • Assurances

    J. O. Morgan

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    J.O. Morgan's Assurances is the winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2018.

    A war-poem both historic and frighteningly topical, it begins in the 1950s during a period of vigilance and dread in the middle of the Cold War: the long stand-off between nuclear powers, where the only defence was the threat of mutually assured destruction.

    Using a mix of versed and unversed passages, Morgan places moments of calm reflection alongside the tensions inherent in guarding against such a permanent threat. A work of variations and possibilities, we hear the thoughts of those involved who are trying to understand and justify their roles. We examine the lives of civilians who are not aware of the impending danger, as well as those who are.
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  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    Heather Morris

    Product Code: BRYKH
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    This powerful book tells the heartbreaking love story between Lale Sokolov, the tattooist of Auschwitz, and the woman he tattooed, Gita. Readers of Schindler's List and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas will love this extraordinary story full of love, loyalty and friendship.

    In 1942, Lale arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau and was given the job of tattooing the prisoners. Little did he know that scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

    Waiting in line to be tattooed was a terrified young girl named Gita. And for Lale - a dandy, jack-the-lad, bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight. He was determined to not only survive himself, but to ensure Gita did too.
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  • Crossfire

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: BYYVW
    Paperback 13 years +
    Crossfire is the long-awaited new novel in legendary author Malorie Blackman's ground-breaking Noughts & Crosses series - perfect for fans of The Handmaid's Tale and The Power. 'The Noughts & Crosses series are still my favourite books of all time and showed me just how amazing story-telling could be' - Stormzy Thirty-four years have passed since Sephy Hadley - a Cross - first met Callum McGregor - a Nought. Their love was forbidden, powerful - and deadly. Life is seemingly very different now for Noughts and Crosses - including for Sephy and Callum's families. But old wounds from the past are hard to heal, and when you're playing a game as dangerous as they are, it won't be long before someone gets caught in the crossfire. Praise for Noughts & Crosses: 'The most original book I've ever read' Benjamin Zephaniah 'Blackman "gets" people . . . she "gets" humanity as a whole, too' Guardian 'Powerful' Sunday Times
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  • The Volunteer

    Jack Fairweather

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    SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD 'Totally gripping'-- Simon Sebag Montefiore 'Pilecki is perhaps one of the greatest unsung heroes of the second world war ... this insightful book is likely to be the definitive version of this extraordinary life' -- Economist Would you sacrifice yourself to save thousands of others? In the Summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interned at a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich. His mission was to report on Nazi crimes and raise a secret army to stage an uprising. The name of the detention centre -- Auschwitz. It was only after arriving at the camp that he started to discover the Nazi's terrifying plans. Over the next two and half years, Witold forged an underground army that smuggled evidence of Nazi atrocities out of Auschwitz. His reports from the camp were to shape the Allies response to the Holocaust - yet his story was all but forgotten for decades. This is the first major account to draw on unpublished family papers, newly released archival documents and exclusive interviews with surviving resistance fighters to show how he brought the fight to the Nazis at the heart of their evil designs. The result is an enthralling story of resistance and heroism against the most horrific circumstances, and one man's attempt to change the course of history.
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  • The Testaments

    Margaret Atwood

    Product Code: BZKSM
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    Shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2019. In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalised readers for decades.

    When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. `Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in.' Margaret Atwood

    `The literary event of the year.' Guardian

    'It's terrifying and exhilarating.' Peter Florence, chair of the Booker 2019 judges.

    The Testaments also appears in our Booker Prize 2019 Shortlist bundle along with the five other shortlisted novels. You can find this brilliant collection under product code NNBP. All six novels are presented in keepsake hardback format (Ducks, Newburyport an exclusive to The Book People).
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  • Milkman

    Anna Burns

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    Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018, Milkman is an extraordinary tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness.

    In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman.

    But when her first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.
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  • Normal People

    Sally Rooney

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    The British Book Awards Book of the Year, Sally Rooney's Normal People has been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018. Published by Faber, the Conversations with Friends author brings readers a story that tackles politics, love and change with aplomb.

    Although Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town in rural Ireland, they couldn't be more different. However, when they both earn places at Dublin's Trinity College, they form a close bond that lasts for a long time...

    This exquisite love story is all about how a person can change another person's life in so many ways and how difficult it is to talk about how we feel...
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  • Still Me

    Jojo Moyes

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    Shortlisted for a National Book Award, Still Me is the third Lou Clark novel following the number one international bestsellers Me Before You and After You from Jojo Moyes.

    Lou Clark knows too many things. She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend Sam in London. She knows her employer is a good man and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him.

    What Lou doesn't know is she's about to meet someone who's going to turn her whole life upside down. Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it'll hurt.
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  • Dear Mrs Bird

    AJ Pearce

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    Chosen as one of Richard and Judy's 2019 Book Club Picks, AJ Pearce's uplifting debut novel is a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary lives.

    London, 1941. Despite the Luftwaffe making life annoying for everyone, Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay positive. Emmy has dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent but finds herself typing letters for Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman's Friend Magazine.

    Mrs Bird is very clear about what she wants: any letters containing unpleasantness must go into the bin! But as Emmy reads the many desperate pleas from women who can't bear to let their children be evacuated, she decides to write back in secret...
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  • 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World

    Elif Shafak

    Product Code: BXYHZ
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    An intensely powerful new novel from the best-selling author of The Bastard of Istanbul and Honour - available for pre-order now 'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away...' For Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life - friends who are now desperately trying to find her. . . 'One of the most important writers at work today' Independent
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  • Asha & the Spirit Bird

    Jasbinder Bilan

    Product Code: BUIPO
    Paperback 9 years +
    'I was swept along by Asha's story from the first page.'SARAH DRIVER, author of The Huntress trilogy Asha lives in the foothills of the Himalayas. Money is tight and she misses her papa who works in the city. When he suddenly stops sending his wages, a ruthless moneylender ransacks their home andher mother talks of leaving. From her den in the mango tree, Asha makes a pact with her best friend, Jeevan, to find her father and make things right. But the journey is dangerous: they must cross the world's highest mountains and face hunger, tiredness - even snow leopards. And yet, Asha has the unshakeable sense that the spirit bird of her grandmother - her nanijee - will be watching over her.

    Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2019
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  • Why Mummy Swears

    Gill Sims

    Product Code: BTMBM
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    Peter and Jane creator Gill Sims returns with another colourful insight into motherhood with Why Mummy Swears.

    The summer holidays have started but Mummy is not going to get any rest - she has two bored moppets to attend to... Just booking sports camps, childcare and time off work has left her exhausted!

    Mummy's also found herself stuck organising the Christmas Fayre - and she's not receiving much help. Meeting her father's new glamorous and younger wife and spending time with her narcissistic mother is also winding her up the wall... No wonder she's cursing with the best of them!
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  • My Name is Lucy Barton

    Elizabeth Strout

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    LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016 AND THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016. A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. An exquisite story of mothers and daughters from the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge Lucy is recovering from an operation in a New York hospital when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed. They have not seen one another in years. As they talk Lucy finds herself recalling her troubled rural childhood and how it was she eventually arrived in the big city, got married and had children. But this unexpected visit leaves her doubting the life she's made: wondering what is lost and what has yet to be found. Look for Elizabeth Strout's highly anticipated new work of fiction, Anything Is Possible, which is available for pre-order now.
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  • The Skylarks' War

    Hilary McKay

    Product Code: BWTHU
    Paperback 11 years +
    Hilary McKay's The Skylarks' War is a beautiful story following the loves and losses of a family growing up against the harsh backdrop of World War One. It is the winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2018.

    Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September - boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms closer.

    When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war?
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  • The Woman in the Window

    A. J. Finn

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    The Woman in the Window is the number one Sunday Times bestseller from A.J. Finn.

    It's been ten months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

    Anna's lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

    But one evening, a scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something horrifying. Now she must uncover the truth about what really happened. But if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
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  • The Confessions of Frannie Langton

    Sara Collins

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    'Deep-diving and elegant . . . Wide Sargasso Sea meets Beloved meets Alias Grace' Margaret Atwood THE 'DAZZLINGLY ORIGINAL' DEBUT NOVEL BY A NEW LITERARY STAR 'They say I must be put to death for what happened to Madame, and they want me to confess. But how can I confess what I don't believe I've done?' 1826, and all of London is in a frenzy. Crowds gather at the gates of the Old Bailey to watch as Frannie Langton, maid to Mr and Mrs Benham, goes on trial for their murder. The testimonies against her are damning - slave, whore, seductress. And they may be the truth. But they are not the whole truth. For the first time Frannie must tell her story. It begins with a girl learning to read on a plantation in Jamaica, and it ends in a grand house in London, where a beautiful woman waits to be freed. But through her fevered confessions, one burning question haunts Frannie Langton: could she have murdered the only person she ever loved? A beautiful and haunting tale about one woman's fight to tell her story, The Confessions of Frannie Langton leads you through laudanum-laced dressing rooms and dark-as-night back alleys, into the enthralling heart of Georgian London. 'A dazzling page-turner' Emma Donoghue 'A star in the making' Sunday Times 'Gothic fiction made brand new' Stef Penney 'Stunning' Guardian 'Spectacular' Natasha Pulley 'Dazzlingly original' The Times 'A heroine for our times' Elizabeth Day
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  • Girl, Woman, Other

    Bernardine Evaristo

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    Teeming with life and crackling with energy - a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood 'Bernardine Evaristo is one of those writers who should be read by everyone, everywhere. Her tales marry down-to-earth characters with engrossing story lines about identity, and the UK of today' Elif Shafak 'Evaristo's books are always exciting, always subversive, a reminder of the boundless possibilities of literature and the great worth in reaching for them. Her body of work is incredible' Diana Evans 'Witty, exhilarating and wise... Once again, Bernardine Evaristo reminds us she is one of Britain's best writers, an iconic and unique voice, filled with warmth, subtly and humanity. Exceptional' Nikesh Shukla Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible. 'If you don't yet know her work, you should - she says things about modern Britain that no one else does' Maggie Gee, Guardian
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  • Washington Black

    Esi Edugyan

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    Winner of the Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018, this is a beautiful story from Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan.

    When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, Washington Black - an 11-year-old field slave - finds himself selected as personal servant to one of them. The eccentric Christopher 'Titch' Wilde is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist, whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him.

    Titch's idealistic plans are soon shattered and Washington finds himself in mortal danger. They escape together, but then Titch disappears and Washington must make his way alone, following the promise of freedom further than he ever dreamed possible. Inspired by a true story, Washington Black is an extraordinary tale of a world destroyed and made whole again.
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  • An American Marriage

    Tayari Jones

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    Praised by Barack Obama, longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2019 and winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones finds an African-American couple learning that the American Dream can often be a nightmare...

    Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are all set to be a power couple. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. Until one day they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined...

    Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Devastated and unmoored, Celestial finds herself struggling to hold on to the love that has been her centre, taking comfort in Andre, their closest friend. When Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, he returns home ready to resume their life together...

    A masterpiece of storytelling, An American Marriage offers a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three unforgettable characters who are at once bound together and separated by forces beyond their control.
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  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

    Stuart Turton

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    The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is Stuart Turton's debut novel, which has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2018.

    As fireworks explode during a night of celebration, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, Evelyn Hardcastle, is killed. But she won't die just once. The day will repeat itself over and over again until Aiden - a guest at the party - solves the murder. He must identify the killer to break the cycle, but he wakes up in the body of a different guest each time the day begins.

    No one knows why, but there's someone out there that is determined to prevent him from ever escaping the Blackheath party...
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  • The Wife Between Us

    Greer Hendricks

    Product Code: BQMHR
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    A New York Times top-ten bestseller. 'A fiendishly clever thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing.' - Anita Shreve, author of The Stars are Fire When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. It's about a jealous wife, obsessed with her replacement. It's about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves. The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. You will be wrong. The Wife Between Us is the first collaboration between Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen; a gripping thriller with film rights sold to the creators of The Girl On the Train.
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  • Home Fire

    Kamila Shamsie

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    Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire won the Women's Prize for Fiction in 2018 and has been shortlisted for so many other major literary awards.

    It's an elegant and evocative exploration of the differences that exist within societies, families and faiths. It's an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties that are torn apart when love and politics collide...
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  • Swing Time

    Zadie Smith

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    'Smith's finest. Extraordinary, truly marvellous' Observer 'Superb' Financial Times 'Breathtaking' TLS 'Pitch-perfect' Daily Telegraph'A tale of two girls who meet in a West London dance class... A page-turner that's also beautifully written ' Glamour'There is still no better chronicler of the modern British family than Zadie Smith' TelegraphSHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2017 A dazzlingly exuberant new novel moving from north west London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On BeautyTwo brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, black bodies and black music, what it means to belong, what it means to be free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten either.Bursting with energy, rhythm and movement, Swing Time is Zadie Smith's most ambitious novel yet. It is a story about music and identity, race and class, those who follow the dance and those who lead it . . .
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  • The Man Who Saw Everything

    Deborah Levy

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    Electrifying and audacious, an unmissable new novel about old and new Europe, old and new love, from the twice-Man Booker-shortlisted author of Hot Milk and Swimming Home 'Hello, Saul. How's it going?' 'I'm trying to cross the road,' I replied. 'Yes,' she said, 'You've been trying to cross the road for thirty years but stuff happened on the way.' In 1989 Saul Adler (a narcissistic young historian) is hit by a car on the Abbey Road. He is apparently fine; he gets up and goes to see his art student girlfriend, Jennifer Moreau. They have sex then break up, but not before she has photographed Saul crossing the same Abbey Road. Saul leaves to study in communist East Berlin, two months before the Wall comes down. There he will encounter - significantly - both his assigned translator and his translator's sister, who swears she has seen a jaguar prowling the city. He will fall in love and brood upon his difficult, authoritarian father. And he will befriend a hippy, Rainer, who may or may not be a Stasi agent, but will certainly return to haunt him in middle age. In 2016, Saul Adler is hit by a car on the Abbey Road. He is rushed to hospital, where he spends the following days slipping in and out of consciousness, and in and out of memories of the past. A number of people gather at his bedside. One of them is Jennifer Moreau. But someone important is missing. Slipping slyly between time zones and leaving a spiralling trail, Deborah Levy's electrifying new novel examines what we see and what we fail to see, until we encounter the spectres of history - both the world's and our own. 'Levy writes on the high wire, unfalteringly' Marina Warner 'A fiercely, uncompromisingly brilliant novelist' Romola Garai 'A master of the contemporary psychological novel' Darian Leader 'The contemporary writer I admire most' Linda Grant
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The Book People's award-winning fiction books and novels include:

  • The Booker Prize Shortlist 2019
  • The Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2018
  • The English Patient
  • Wolf Hall
  • The Testaments
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • Normal People
  • Dear Mrs Bird
  • The Girl on the Train
  • My Mum Tracy Beaker

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