BookDiva Book of the Year 2017 shortlist

Vote for your BookDiva Book of the Year

Article published on December 9, 2016.

Moving by Jenny Eclair got the BookDiva year off to a flying start by being one of the most popular nudge Recommended Reads we’ve featured so far – no free copies left sadly but you can find out more about this incredibly popular novel by following the links to the WH Smith blog where it was also featured as part of the Richard and Judy Book Club selection.

Reviewer Maddy Broome was so impressed with The Forgetting Time (‘very assured and a real page turner’) we asked her to come up with some questions for author Sharon Guskin so we could find out more – read the interview here.

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood grabbed our attention (as well as reviewer Dorothy Flaxman’s – ‘this book will stay with me for a long time’) and we made it yet another nudge Recommended Read – read an extract and watch Monica Wood introduce her heart-warming story here.

Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens series got off to a strong start with Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen. The Prince Philip Hospital Book Club gave us their verdict for nb magazine, which you can read on nudge here.

Carys Bray followed up her incredible debut A Song for Issy Bradley admirably with The Museum of You – we marked it as ‘one to watch out for’ as well as a Book of the Month and it flew off our nudge shop shelves. You can find an extract from it here.

Jessie Burton also tackled ‘the tricky second novel’ with aplomb – The Muse was rated a 5* read without hesitation by reviewer Ruth Ginarlis who called it ‘a brilliantly crafted work’ so we celebrated it as an nb Recommended Read in nb magazine and made Jessie our cover star and Big Interview.

We knew reviewer Nicola Smith was a big fan of Antonia Hodgson so she was delighted when we asked her to read and review A Death at Fountains Abbey. She amply praised Antonia for weaving ‘a fantastic tale of both fact and fiction’ so we asked her to come up with some questions about the book – read an extract from the book and Antonia’s answers here.

Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst seemed like the kind of family drama that we know our BookDiva fans love so we made it a Book of the Month and introduced it to our readers. Jodi Picoult described it as ‘gorgeously written and patently original’ and you can find the first chapter here.

The dilemma of the modern woman is the subject of comic writer Maria Semple’s Today Will Be Different – we thought this would go down well with fans of Maria’s previous novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and maybe win her some more. Find an extract here.

Our Real Readers were intrigued by Sally Gardner’s foray into adult writing as Wray Delaney with An Almond for a Parrot, the final choice in our BookDiva shortlist. Sara Garland was so impressed we made it one to watch out for but almost everyone else approved just as much – ‘pure escapism’, said Martin Turner proving that you don’t have to be female to be a BookDiva.


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


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




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