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Book of the Year

Bexley Book of The Year

And The Winner Is...The silence of the girls

Thank you for all your votes for our Book of the Year award. We had a wonderful response, and a very clear winner… 

So, Bexley Library users and readers, you have chosen PAT BARKER’S `THE SILENCE OF THE GIRLS` as our BOOK OF THE YEAR 

“A contemporary retelling of the Trojan Wars from the women’s perspective…
a truly fabulous book”

The book:
Or you can try it on e-book

And we were delighted to receive this message back from Pat, telling us how much the award has meant to her:
I'm delighted that The Silence of the Girls has been chosen as Bexley Book of the Year. 

Growing up in a home with very few books as I did, my local public library was of enormous importance to me. In fact, having access to those books is probably what made me a writer. 

So, it's particularly nice to know my book was chosen by library users and readers. 
Thank you all so much. I'm writing my next book at the moment - a sequel to The Silence of the Girls - and this award has cheered me on my way!”


The runner-up was Christy Lefteri’s book The Beekeeper of Aleppo (and Christy is one of our Book Buzz authors this year) 
And we had a tie for third place: Madeline Miller’s novel Circe, and Lara Maiklem’s Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames 

Bexley Book of the Year 2019 Shortlist

"The Silence of the Girls"
by Pat Barker

A contemporary retelling of the Trojan Wars from the women's perspective. A truly fabulous book.

"Identity Crisis"
by Ben Elton

Intelligent, funny and very, very scary.

"The Beekeeper of Aleppo"
by Christy Lefteri

A moving, beautifully written story filled with loss, heartache, survival and hope.

by Lara Maiklem

A wonderful book full of fascinating details and insights. Highly recommended.

by Madeline Miller

Well written and creative fantasy fiction involving Circe, the ancient witch.

by Michelle Paver

A Gothic horror from a brilliant writer. Unsettling but hugely imaginative.

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