Bexley Book of The Year
And The Winner Is...
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”
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.
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.