These are the eight best books of the year, according to Waterstones

The eight contenders for Waterstones’ Book of the Year award were unveiled yesterday, with titles nominated by the chain’s UK stores. The winner is announced next month.

Everyday Sexism - Laura Bates (Simon & Schuster)

The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton (Picador)

The Narrow Road To The Deep North - Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)

Persiana: Recipes From The Middle East & Beyond - Sabrina Ghayour (Mitchell Beazley)

Once Upon An Alphabet - Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

The Opposite Of Loneliness: Essays And Stories - Marina Keegan (Simon & Schuster)

H Is For Hawk - Helen Macdonald (Jonathan Cape)

Capital In The Twenty-First Century Thomas Piketty (Harvard University Press)

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