Foyles Book of the Year unveils diverse shortlist, from historical drama to poetic reverie to kid’s adventure

Foyles Book of the Year has announced the shortlist for its annual award, which covers three categories and represents Foyles booksellers’ favourite recommendations of the year. 

The shortlisted titles include Zadie Smith’s The Fraud (Hamish Hamilton), Amy Key’s Arrangements in Blue (Jonathan Cape) and Katherine Rundell’s Impossible Creatures (Bloomsbury Children’s). The winners of each category will be announced on Friday, December 1.

Zadie Smith’s The Fraud is a historical novel that explores identity, the notion of truth and 19th-century England and Jamaica in flux. The novel is inspired by an extraordinary court case and features a real-life Victorian novelist. The Guardian describes it as “a trial and no errors”. 

Amy Key’s Arrangements in Blue is a collection of poems that explores themes of love, loss and the natural world. The collection is described as “a book of great beauty and depth” by the Poetry Book Society.

Katherine Rundell’s Impossible Creatures is a children’s book that tells the story of a young girl named Willa who sets out to save her father’s museum from being closed down. The book is described as “a thrilling adventure” by The Bookseller .

The shortlisted books are available for purchase at Foyles book stores and online.


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