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Waterstones announces shortlist for Book of the Year 2015.

M2 EQUITYBITES-November 13, 2015-Waterstones announces shortlist for Book of the Year 2015

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Book retailer Waterstones has revealed the shortlist of eight titles for its Book of the Year 2015 award, literary news company The Bookseller reported on Thursday.

Nominated by Waterstones booksellers across the UK, the shortlist is comprised of four novels, three non-fiction titles and one children's book.

The winning title will receive the full and committed backing of Waterstones shops and booksellers across the UK, as well as support online and through the retail chain's Loyalty Card programme, which is said to reach 1.7 million readers. Following its win in 2014, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton reportedly achieved an increase in sales of over 1000%.

Four shortlisted novels include a thriller by Paul Hawkins, titled Girl on the Train, which is currently being made into a film in New York by Dreamworks; Harper Lee's sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, titled Go Set a Watchman; A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, said to be a favourite for the 2015 Man Booker Prize; And My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, the only translated book on the shortlist.

Non-fiction books on the shortlist include "Magnum Opus" SPQR (Profile)by , classicist Mary Beard; Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig, which explores depression and recovery; and The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks, a seasonal picture of life for those who work off the land in one of the wilder regions of the UK.

Finally, The Fox and the Star, a debut picture book by Penguin cover designer Coralie Bickford-Smith, is the sole children's book on the shortlist for this year.

The winner of this year's Waterstones Book of the Year will be announced on 1 December 2015.

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