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Foyles Books of the Year 2018

Foyles Books of the Year

"For me, these three wonderful recommendations represent the essence of Foyles—a belief in the importance of storytelling, a love of literary adventure, and a commitment to the power of knowledge."

Heather, Campaigns Manager



Introducing our 2018 Books of the Year

Three books, across three broad categories, which stood out amid a year of stellar publishing; a year of big names, big prizes, surprise hits, and brand new things. Three books our staff read and loved, recommended passionately instore and online, and voted for when we put out the call. Three books that for us helped define a year of great bookselling.

A quirky, darkly funny Japanese novel that was a super-hit for our customers and staff. A searing and personal story of how a colonial past led to a present rife with inequality. And a rich and immersive fantasy debut inspired by West African mythology.



Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka MurataFiction Book of the Year

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata


"Offbeat and quirky, this gem of a novel is a treasure to anyone who has ever felt a little odd! Sayaka Murata manages to balance light humour with a quiet poignancy and I urge you—if you’ve ever felt the burden of expectation, or just found the world around you a bit strange sometimes—to pick up this book! You won’t be disappointed."

Lauren, Charing Cross Road



Read an extract from Convenience Store Woman


Natives by AkalaNon-Fiction Book of the Year

Natives by Akala 


"Natives is an urgent, profound and accessible book. Akala weaves the elements of this wide-ranging book into an engaging, angry, and often funny account that should be pressed into everyone’s hands: a personal story, compellingly told, and a devastating analysis of race and class prejudice in our society. Akala is a incredible writer, and this is an important book."

Gary, Buying Team




Read an extract from Natives


Children of Blood and BoneChildren's Book of the Year

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 


"A completely enthralling debut novel, and prescient clarion call for the resistance to blind authority and the oppression of freedoms. Adeyemi conjures up the rich and complex world of Orïsha with unusually lucid language and writing that’s unwavering in its imagery. The burgeoning friendship between main characters, Amari and Zélie, lifts the novel to unexpected heights, and will stick long in the mind of any reader."

Kirsty, Buying Team



Read an extract from Children of Blood and Bone





Foyles Books of the Year 2018

Convenience Store Woman
Sayaka Murata; Ginny Tapley Takemori

Currently out of stock

Children of Blood and Bone
Tomi Adeyemi

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Naomi Alderman
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The Sellout
Paul Beatty
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