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Founded by Zoe Sugg, The Zoella Book Club started in 2016 and has been in its latest iteration since May 2019. Zoe and her team feature one book a month to read 


THE SHORTLIST


Fleishman Is in Trouble Taffy Brodesser- Akner WILDFIRE


The Binding Bridget Collins THE BOROUGH PRESS


The Confessions of Frannie Langton Sara Collins VIKING


The Familiars Stacey Halls ZAFFRE


Leonard and Hungry Paul Rónán Hession BLUEMOOSE BOOKS


BOOK OF THE YEAR FICTION: DÉBUT


C


andice Carty-Williams’ Queenie was the standout début in a strong year for the category—and elsewhere, winning the Overall Book of the Year too (see p47). “A cultural event… a fabulous, fresh voice… genre-defining” was the verdict from the judges.


Written as a result of not seeing anything similar in the market, former


publishing staffer and Bookseller Rising Star Carty-Williams tackled the important and weighty issues of race, class, misogyny, identity and family with sensitivity, lightness and humour in Queenie. Thought of not only as a “great story of our time” by the judges, the novel also introduced a “hugely exciting new voice” for contemporary fiction. Trapeze recognised the impact this book could have early on and set out


WINNER


Queenie Candice


Carty-Williams TRAPEZE


to create an “unmissable” marketing campaign with early super proofs, a word-of-mouth campaign and four different-coloured covers. Huge retailer support resulted in a fifth cover of the book being released, solely for sale in Waterstones. The coherent marketing and publicity strategy was dubbed “a masterclass in how to launch a début author” by the judges. As well as winning two British Book Awards, Queenie was also shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and Waterstones Book of the Year in 2019.


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