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November 2: Shortlist2023 Recent

Winner 11

Shortlist 106

How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney? by Mac Barnett2023
Emperor of Rome: Ruling the Ancient Roman World by Mary Beard2023
Abroad in Japan by Chris Broad2023
The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder by David Grann2023
Murdle: Volume 1 (Murdle, 1) by G. T. Karber2023
Yellowface by R.F. Kuang2023
Tom Lake by Ann Patchett2023
A Whale of a Time: Funny Poems for Each Day of the Year by Lou Peacock2023
The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin2023
Impossible Creatures by Katherine Rundell2023
The Fraud by Zadie Smith2023
Ultra-Processed People: Why Do We All Eat Stuff That Isn’t Food … and Why Can’t We Stop? by Chris van Tulleken2023
In Memoriam by Alice Winn2023
Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros2023
The Story of Art Without Men by Katy Hessel2022
The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freedland2022
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus2022
Otherlands: A World in the Making by Thomas Halliday2022
Babel, Or, The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution by R.F. Kuang2022
Cooking: Simply and Well, for One or Many by Jeremy Lee2022
The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell2022
Heartstopper: Volume 1 by Alice Oseman2022
Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman2022
The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present by Paul McCartney2021
Around the World in 80 Plants by Jonathan Drori2021
The Appeal by Janice Hallett2021
Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave2021
Greek Myths: A New Retelling by Charlotte Higgins2021
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro2021
Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain by Amy Jeffs2021
Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson2021
You Are a Champion: How to Be the Best You Can Be by Marcus Rashford2021
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint2021
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera2021
The Amur River: Between Russia and China by Colin Thubron2021
British Museum: A History of the World in 25 Cities by Tracey Turner & Andrew Donkin2021
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell2020
Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold by Bolu Babalola2020
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett2020
One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time by Craig Brown2020
Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan2020
Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession by Gavin Francis2020
Ex Libris: 100 Books to Read and Reread by Michiko Kakutani2020
Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty2020
Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga2020
The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive by Philippe Sands2020
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy2019
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood2019
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams2019
The Binding by Bridget Collins2019
The House Without Windows by Barbara Newhall Follett2019
Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane2019
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall2019
Lanny by Max Porter2019
On The Origin of Species by Sabina Radeva2019
Dishoom by Shamil Thakrar2019
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg2019
Normal People by Sally Rooney2018
Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir by Dolly Alderton2018
The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken by The Secret Barrister2018
Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year by Nosy Crow2018
The Penguin Classics Book by Henry Eliot2018
Why We Get the Wrong Politicians by Isabel Hardman2018
The Colour of Time: A New History of the World, 1850-1960 by Dan Jones2018
Circe by Madeline Miller2018
La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman2017
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli2017
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge2017
The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane2017
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders2017
Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow2017
Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis2017
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry2016
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World by Christopher De Hamel2016
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi2016
The Optician of Lampedusa by Emma Jane Kirby2016
The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots by Beatrix Potter2016
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling2016
The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith2015
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard2015
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante2015
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig2015
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins2015
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee2015
The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape by James Rebanks2015
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara2015
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton2014
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates2014
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan2014
Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & beyond by Sabrina Ghayour2014
Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers2014
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan2014
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald2014
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty2014
Stoner by John Williams2013
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson2013
Levels of Life by Julian Barnes2013
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins2013
Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska2013
Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life by Nina Stibbe2013
POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts) by Russell Norman2012
HHhH by Laurent Binet2012
Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure by Artemis Cooper2012
On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does by Simon Garfield2012
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane2012
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel2012


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