Booksellers in Waterstones across the UK voted for the titles they loved this year. Along with Thunberg’s win, Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse has been announced as Waterstones’ Book of the Year 2019.
Kate McHale, Campaign Manager Waterstones, said in a statement: “This year, we are delighted to name both a book that celebrates a wonderful artist, and an author whose words have had a unique impact on our world.
“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a wise and beautiful tale calling for love, friendship and courage. Greta Thunberg’s speeches have been an inspiration to millions, and these are now brought together in a new edition of No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference that powerfully illustrates that remarkable story. Both choices are testament to the extraordinary power of books to move and shape us.”
Last year’s Book of the Year winner, Normal People by Sally Rooney saw sales increase by over 900 per cent in Waterstones across the country.
Of Thunberg’s win, Anna of Waterstones Putney said: “I don’t think there is a more important or powerful book than this one this year.”
Andrew of Waterstones Edinburgh Ocean Terminal added: “No other author has, at a time of such division, brought so many people together in so many countries with one urgent purpose.”
Earlier this week, Costa announced its Costa Book Awards shortlist for 2019, including Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams and Middle England by Jonathan Coe.