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Book of the Year


Bexley's Book of the Year


For many years now, Bexley Libraries have been asking their customers to nominate and vote for their favourite book of the year – and they’ve always picked good ones!

Some previous winners have included:

  • “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce
  • “My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You” by Louisa Young
  • “The Bees” by Laline Paull
  • “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman
  • “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

In 2016 we actually had a dead-heat with two joint winners – Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See”, and “Waters of Eternal Youth” by Donna Leon.

Have you read any of them?

The winner of the 2018 Book of the Year was announced at the start of our Book Buzz Literary Festival in February 2019 – Bexley’s favourite was “A Ladder to the Sky” by John Boyne.


This book is “a deliciously dark tale of ambition, seduction and literary theft . . . an ingeniously conceived novel that confirms Boyne as one of the most assured writers of his generation”.

One of our readers who nominated it for Bexley’s Book of the Year 2018 described it as “Such an interesting story!  Lots of complex characters and a very believable villainous main character… oh, and a truly horrifying scene that had me screaming at the pages”.

Following his win, John Boyne sent us this message “Many thanks for voting my novel A LADDER TO THE SKY as the Bexley Book of the Year. It’s always wonderful to receive some commendation from readers, and those who attend, support and promote literary festivals are some of our very best readers. Thanks for bringing my book to wider attention. I hope I get to meet you all at Bexley one day soon.”

Look out for this book, and any of our other winners, in your local library – and start thinking about who you’ll nominate for next year’s Book of the Year!




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