BookHugger Book of the Year 2017 shortlist

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Article published on December 9, 2016.

We’ve had a particularly good year on BookHugger, starting with Helen Dunmore’s Exposure, a period novel set in 1960s London and now available in paperback. If you missed this why not read an extract and see if it inspires your vote.

Here at nb/nudge we were all sad to hear of the death of Margaret Forster, shortly before her novel How to Measure a Cow was published. Reviewer and huge fan Sheila A. Grant described her as ‘adept at exposing the emotions and character traits of women…a wonderful writer’. Read Sheila’s review in full and find out more about the life and works of the prolific and much loved Cumbrian author here.

Our publisher Guy Pringle jumped on The Song Collector by Natasha Solomons and found himself ‘totally entranced’. He marked it as ‘one to watch out for’ without hesitation and we were delighted to take part in the blog tour for the paperback where Natasha told us about her mentor Janet Todd and we shared information about communal project The Great British Song Map.

Reviewer Joanne Booy called Father’s Day by Simon van Booy (no relation!) ‘a captivating story about family, belonging and home’ and her review is certainly persuasive – read an extract and Joanne’s persuasive review in full.

I loved assured debut The Good Guy by Susan Beale – if you think marriage is complicated today try going back 40 years and resisting the pressure to conform. An enjoyable but thought-provoking read that would be perfect for book clubs. Read an extract.

Owl Song at Dawn by Emma Claire Sweeney blew long-standing reviewers Mandy Jenkinson and Dorothy Flaxman away – Mandy called it ‘a remarkable book’ and Dorothy declared it ‘poignant, sad but uplifting’ – so much so that we had to make it an nb Recommended Read! Watch out for this in nb91, due January 2017, and make sure you grab your copy while stocks last.

Matthew Griffin explores love under pressure and the isolation of maintaining a gay relationship in small town America in Hide and you can find a link to an article he wrote about gay marriage and the inspiration behind his debut novel here.

Hilary White found Waking Lions by Ayelet-Gundar Goshen ‘a truly impressive novel’ – it became our BookHugger Book of the Month for September and you can read the first chapter here.

We weren’t at all surprised to receive so many review requests for The Wonder by Emma Donogue – after featuring Room in nb many years ago we’ve been watching Emma’s career with a great deal of interest. Rebecca Foster declared this ‘wonderful work of fiction’ her favourite by far and Hilary White called it ‘a deeply compelling novel that will appeal to most individuals and book groups’.

Last but definitely not least, nb cover star (for the second time!) Jodi Picoult makes the grade with Small Great Things, inviting us to read without prejudice. Sheila A. Grant approved, noting that Jodi ‘did not hold back on the themes of morality and tolerance’. Guy interviewed Jodi for nb magazine as our ‘Big Interview’ and yo can read it here.


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


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



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