Blackwell’s has revealed the shortlist for its Book of the Year, featuring Arundhati Roy and Adam Kay.
The titles across four categories (fiction, non-fiction, children’s and debut), have been voted on by Blackwell’s booksellers.
Topping the fiction nomination is Roy’s first novel in 20 years - The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Hamish Hamilton), while Baillie Gifford Prize longlistee Reni Eddo-Lodge has the non-fiction offer for her dissection of race relations in the UK, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Bloomsbury).
Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo’s Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (Particular Books) gained the most bookseller votes for the children’s category, while Kay’s hit This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor – Adam Kay (Picador) triumphed in the debut category.
As a result of the internal poll, the books will now be promoted in shops and online throughout Christmas, with booksellers choosing the overall Blackwell’s Book of the Year from the four contenders on 8th December 2017.