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Book of the Year

Bexley's Book of the Year

The votes are in!

Thank you for all your great suggestions, reviews and recommendations. We have a clear winner.

Bexley Libraries Book of the Year 2021 is 'Hamnet' by Maggie O' Farrell. 

'On a summer’s day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a sudden fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home? Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London. Neither parent knows what tragedy will unfold'

Discover this magical novel in our libraries.

Bexley's book of the year


Bexley Book of the Year 2021 Shortlist


"American Dirt" by Jeanine Cummins

"An extraordinary story of the lengths a mother will go to to save her son."

"Hamnet" by Maggie O'Farrell

"Richly sensuous... something special"
"A thing of shimmering wonder"

"The Lost Spells" by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris

"A book about spells that succeeds in being spell-binding in its own right . . . It already feels like a true classic."

"The Salt Path" by Raynor Winn

"The uplifting true story of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the windswept South West coastline."

"The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abi Dare

"A story of courage that will win over your heart."


"The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig

"A beguiling read, filled with warmth and humour, and a vibrant celebration of the power of books to change lives."









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