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‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ wins BAMB Readers’ Choice Award

Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (HarperCollins) has won the Books are My Bag (BAMB) Readers’ Choice Award in the UK.

Honeyman’s bestselling debut novel, which follows a socially isolated woman as she starts to participate more actively in life, is part of the recent uplit trend in fiction. A film adaptation, produced by Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine, is due to be released in 2019.

The anonymous author known as The Secret Barrister took out the nonfiction award for their book of the same name (Macmillan). BAMB Awards were also presented to The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (Stuart Turton, Bloomsbury) for best novel, The Last Hedgehog (Pam Ayres, illus by Alice Tait, Picador) for poetry, The Book of Dust (Philip Pullman, Penguin) for YA, and The Storm Keeper’s Island (Catherine Doyle, Bloomsbury) for middle grade.

Sarah J Harris was named breakthrough author of the year for The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder (HarperCollins), and the Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary series was selected as the most beautiful book.

This is the third year the BAMB awards have been presented. The shortlists and winners were chosen by booksellers, with the exception of the Readers’ Choice Award, which was open to the public.

For more information about the awards, see the website.


Category: International news