Foyles announces its Books of the Year 2017
29th November 2017
Independent bookseller Foyles has today announced the winners of its three Books of the Year, in the Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children’s categories. The Power by Naomi Alderman (Penguin) has been named Fiction Book of the Year, with Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Bloomsbury) taking the crown for non-fiction. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (Penguin) won the title of Children’s Book of the Year.
Foyles Booksellers and staff across London, Bristol, Birmingham and Chelmsford took part in the voting process, choosing the winning books from three shortlists made up of the bestselling titles of 2017. The thirty books on the shortlists were announced at the company’s Christmas conference in September, at which all Foyles booksellers were invited to participate in a two-day presentation of the retailer’s plans for the festive period.
Paul Currie, CEO at Foyles comments:
“You can always rely on a Foyles bookseller to recommend books that will entertain, surprise, challenge and stir the reader, and our colleagues have done just that with these three excellent books. As part of our core values we ask all our booksellers to be current and I think this really shines through in their choices this year: it’s hard to think of three books more relevant to the here and now.”
Heather Baker, Senior Buyer at Foyles comments:
“These three wonderful, inspiring books all centre women’s voices and perspectives in a powerful and unique way. Each addresses an imbalance in power: from Naomi Alderman’s high-voltage tale of social upheaval, to Reni Eddo-Lodge’s urgent discussion of race, class and privilege, to the overlooked tales of courageous women retold so beautifully by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. Each in its own way is passionate, timely and thought-provoking. I’m immensely proud of this list, and so happy that Foyles is a place where books like this flourish, and conversations begin...”
All three titles will be promoted heavily in Foyles physical shops and online in the run-up to Christmas. Last year’s winner, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout (Oneworld) has sold 6000 copies at Foyles since it was announced as the retailer’s inaugural Book of the Year in December 2016.
* Read our exclusive interview with Naomi Alderman
Elena Favilli; Francesca Cavallo