Girl on Train named WHS 'Book of the Year'

Girl on Train named WHS 'Book of the Year'

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Doubleday) has been named as the WH Smith ‘Book of the Year’.

The chain retailer selected the book from the year’s bestsellers and from titles which it viewed to have “ultimately taken the market by storm.”

The company said the title, published in January 2015, “first captured reader’s imaginations earlier this year and has sold phenomenally well going from strength to strength.”

The novel will now be featured as the chain retailer’s ‘Book of the Year’ in all WH Smith High Street stores and online at

Alastair Aldous, WH Smith trading controller for books, said: “I am delighted that The Girl on the Train has been chosen as the winner of the WH Smith Book of the Year for 2015. It’s such a fantastic read.  It has definitely been my favourite book of the year and it is no secret that our customers have loved it as well.”

The story follows alcoholic Rachel, who obsessively observes the lives of those she passes on a train every day, before becoming unexpectedly caught up in their worlf for real after witnessing a shocking incident.

The book is currently being made into a film by Dreamworks starring Emily Blunt.

In July, Hawkins enjoyed the longest run in Original Fiction's number one spot since Nielsen records began. The Girl on the Train clocked up 20 consecutive weeks  atop of the chart, across all formats in the UK, to eclipse Dan Brown’s record for 19 weeks with The Lost Symbol.

Hawkins will be conducting an exclusive Q&A session on the WHS blog from tomorrow afternoon (4th December).