It's already been a big year for a book about very tiny things, and now The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton has been announced as Book of the Year 2014 by Waterstones. Jessie was also chosen as the winner of the Books Are My Bag New Writer of the Year Award at last week's Specsavers National Book Awards.
The Miniaturist quickly became a favourite amongst Waterstones booksellers and their customers to become an astonishing word of mouth bestseller. It recently exceeded the lifetime hardback sales of The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, making it the bestselling literary debut hardback of the decade so far.
James Daunt, Waterstones MD, welcomed the award: ‘This is a first novel of vivid excitement and a thrilling discovery. From the moment of its publication in the summer it has fired the imagination of our booksellers and their customers. In a year of such exceptionally strong publishing, The Miniaturist has richly deserved its stunning success.’
Jessie Burton said: ‘It is a thrill, a pleasure and a true honour to be voted Waterstones’ Book of the Year 2014. It's particularly special as the title was chosen by booksellers, and I am indebted to their passion for The Miniaturist and their desire to spread the word to readers. It's all any writer could wish for. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that Waterstones has played a large part in changing my life, and I will always be grateful for this incredible award.’
Leilah Skelton, bookseller at Waterstones Doncaster, made these miniature Miniaturists, among many other recreations:
Waterstones now has a beautiful exclusive edition of the book on sale (pictured above). The cover features the original endpaper design and is printed on boards with a buckram finish and gold foiling on the front back and spine.
Well done Jessie!