Waterstones: The Best Books of 2020




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In a year of upheaval and turbulence it has often been left to the freshest literary voices to tackle contentious issues and reflect the current state of society. From blistering evocations of the modern Black experience in Rainbow Milk and Such a Fun Age, to wry accounts of millennial angst in Ghosts and Exciting Times, 2020's UK fiction debuts have provided some of the most powerful reading of the year.    

Award-Nominated Fiction

1. Shuggie Bain, Douglas Stuart

2. Burnt Sugar, Avni Doshi

3. Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid

4. How Much of These Hills is Gold, C Pam Zhang

5. Real Life, Brandon Taylor

6. The New Wilderness, Diane Cook

7. Who They Was, Gabriel Krauze


Contemporary Fiction

1. Ghosts, Dolly Alderton

2. Exciting Times, Naoise Dolan

3. Rainbow Milk, Paul Mendez

4. If I Had Your Face, Frances Cha

5. Why Visit America, Matthew Baker

6. My Dark Vanessa, Kate Elizabeth Russell

7. Pizza Girl, Jean Kyoung Frazier

8. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, Cho Nam Joo

9. Dear Edward, Ann Napolitano

10. True Story, Kate Reed Petty

11. Love After Love, Ingrid Persaud

12. Here is the Beehive, Sarah Crossan


Period Fiction

1. Love in Colour, Bolu Babalola

2. This Lovely City, Louise Hare

3. The Animals at Lockdown Manor, Jane Healey

4. Aria, Nazanine Hozar

5. Conjure Women, Afia Atakora


SOURCE: Waterstones

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