The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script has been nominated for Waterstone's Book of the Year.
Waterstone's Managing Director said:
Our booksellers time and again nominate a highly eclectic list. This year only the inclusion of the de factor [sic> patron saint of booksellers, J K Rowling, was predictable. Praise be to her, but I encourage all to look closely at the other wonderful books we shortlist. Amongst so much excellent publishing this year, readers may have missed the lightly written, breathtakingly beautiful Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts (Allen Lane); Sarah Perry’s gripping novel; the wise and moving When Breath Becomes Air (Vintage); Quentin Blake’s evergreen magic; and for me, most arresting of all, the quiet power of The Optician of Lampedusa (Allen Lane). Booksellers have a sharp eye for the exceptional, and those at Waterstones have thrown into the hat some absolute gems.
The winner will be announced on December 1st.
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