The nation's favourite book of 2018 has been revealed

Dusty Baxter-Wright
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From Cosmopolitan

In between Michelle Obama's memoir and Sally Rooney's hotly anticipated second novel, 2018 has been a great year for books. But what has been the greatest book of the year?

Last night [13 November] saw the third annual Books Are My Bag Readers Awards take place, which saw the winners announced in a number of categories, where the shortlists were put together by booksellers, and voted for by the public.

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This year over 55,000 votes were cast by book fans across the UK, and the nation's favourite book was named in the Reader's Choice category - the only one with an entirely open vote, where the public can nominate their favourite book of the year without a shortlist. And the winner was?

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman! The book tells the story of Eleanor Oliphant, a lonely woman who has been surviving rather than living, whose whole life changes after a kind gesture from one of her work colleagues.

Elsewhere at the awards, The Secret Barrister won the Best Non-Fiction book, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton won the Best Novel, The Last Hedgehog by Pam Ayres took home the Best Poetry category, and The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman won the Young Adult award.

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The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle then took home the Young Readers category, Sarah J. Harris, who wrote The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder, won the breakthrough author award, and Virago Modern Classics 40th anniversary series, designed by Hannah Wood, illustrated by Yehrin Tong, won the category for most Beautiful Book.

Congrats, guys! Is anyone else feeling like reading now?

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