BookChap Book of the Year 2017 shortlist

Vote for your BookChap Book of the Year

Article published on December 9, 2016.

The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins kickstarted our BookChap year and despite being the seventeenth in the Sigma Force series reviewer Rebecca Kershaw found that ‘though reading the whole series would probably provide some depth and texture to the background, this story is elf-contained’. Read an extract and find out more about this groundbreaking thriller.

Heretic Dawn is the third chapter in Robert Merle’s Fortunes of France series brought to the UK by Pushkin Press – if you enjoy ‘swashbuckling historical fiction’ (Guardian) may we direct you here.

How about a western? Guy Pringle was tempted by The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones by Charles Neider, part of a new series of classics from Head of Zeus called Apollo – ‘I have to say this has reawakened my interest’.

Our Real Readers were equal parts intrigued and impressed by The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan, with reviewer Judith Griffith telling us it ‘is SO much more than just a novel about horses’ and Gareth Price deciding it is ‘likely to be one of the best books of the year.’ Read their reviews and more here.

Based on the 1928 Tour de France, The Invisible Mile by David Coventry stakes its claim in sporting literature by winning the New Zealand Best First Book Award 2016 – could it also win the BookChap Book of the Year?

Sara Garland was so impressed with Sons of the Blood by Robyn Young we put reviewer and author together for a fascinating Q&A which you can read, alongside an extract from the book, here. Follow that up by reading Sara’s 5* review.

Who could resist ‘funny and frank’ (Graeme Simsion) The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old by the anonymous author (so it must be true?) from the Netherlands – brighten up your day by reading an extract.

If spy thrillers are more your thing we can tell you that An Honorable Man by Paul Vidich comes highly recommended by our Real Readers, with Eleanor King calling it ‘an accomplished first novel’ and Katheryn Thomas insisting it’s ‘not just for spy fiction aficionados but for anyone who enjoys a well-written story and intriguing characters.’ Find out what else they, and others, thought here.

Treason by James Jackson was a timely Book of the Month for November and perfect for anyone who enjoys a well written thriller backed by ‘ferocious research’ (Frederik Forsyth) – whet your appetite and read the first chapter.

Combining the First World War and the nature writing for which he won The Wainwright Prize 2015, Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis-Stempel completes our BookChap shortlist admirably – read an extract from the book to get a flavour of this ‘incredibly vivid picture of life on the Western Front.


And now you have to choose just one and, if you can, tell us why!


Voting for the BookChap Book of the Year has now closed. Results will be announced on 10th March.



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