All The Winners From Our 2016 Reader’s Choice Book Awards

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  • We asked you to vote for the books that made you laugh,cry and hold your breath and to chose the winners of 14 categories for our first ever Reader Choice Book Awards. Here is who you chose for the top prizes.

    Category: Best Crime Novel Of The Year

    Winning Book: The Bones Of You By Debbie Howells


    When 18 year-old Rosie is found dead, rifts in her apparently perfect family begin to show. A gripping psychological thriller filled with dark secrets, obsession and suspense.

    Category: Best Family Drama Of The Year

    Winning Book: Us by David Nicholls


    From the best-selling author of ‘One Day’ comes ‘Us’ exploring the family tensions between a couple and their teenage son as they journey around Europe. A very honest, moving read with the wit and intelligence we loved from ‘One Day’ 

    Category: Best Historical Love Story Of The Year 

    Winning Book: The Tea Planter’s Wife By Dinah Jefferies


    Newlywed Gwen travels to join her husband in colonial Ceylon in 1925. But Laurence’s past holds secrets that she is not sure she can move past. Distant and brooding, he is certainly not the man she fell in love with back in London and when she finds her self pregnant is faced with a heartbreaking decision. 

    Category: Best Historical Saga Of The Year 

    Winning Book: The Taming Of The Queen By Philippa Gregory 


    When Henry VIII commands the much younger Kateryn Parr to be his wife she has little choice but to marry the King and become his 6th wife, despite loving another. She knows the grave danger she is in but will it be different this time round? 

    Category: Best Historical Thriller

    Winning Book: The Lake House By Kate Morton

    A baby goes missing in Cornwall in 1933. 70 years later in 2003 DC Sadie Sparrow, staying with her father after an enforced break from the Metropolitan Police, stumbles upon the cold case, with the resulting investigation drawing her into the past and leading her to Alice, a leading detective novel writer who had been trying so desperately hard to escape the past. 

    Category: Best Memoir Of The Year 

    Winning Book: Maggie Smith: A Biography By Michael Coveney 

    The fascinating life and career of one of Britain’s finest and best-loved actresses who has been performing in theatres as well as on TV and film for over six decades.

    Category: Best Novels About Friendships

    Winning Books: A Year Of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman and How To Measure A Cow by Margaret Forster

    The story of the unlikely friendship of an 89-year old woman who has lived on her own for most of her life and a damaged young soldier thoroughly affected by the Second World War in 1940s Cornwall.  


    Tara Fraser escapes her past by starting a new life in a Cumbrian town she picked at random. She adopts a new name and personality in the hope of forgetting her past and the shocking event that has plagued her. Her plan to keep herself to herself doesn’t go to plan as her new neighbour becomes intrigued and three friends from the past are determined to stay in contact.

    Category: Best Debut Novel Of The Year 

    Winning Book: The Trouble With Goats And Sheep by Joanna Cannon


    It is 1976 and Mrs Creasy disappears from her home in The Avenue. Ten-year-olds Tilly and Gracie take matters into their own hands and try to find her and find out much more than they imagined in the process. 

    Category: Best Feel Good Read 

    Winning Book: Summer At little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

    Summer as arrived in the town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn’t be happier. She is in love with her home town, in love with running the bakery and in love with her boyfriend Huckle but is she about to lose everything you loves? 

    Category: Greatest Love Story Of The Year

    Winning Book: The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop 

    A saga of survival, loyalty, love and resilience set during the 1974 Cypriot coup d’etat. Beneath Famagusta’s glamour and success lies escalating tension. When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos a disasterous conflict ensues. Whilst almost everyone packs up their stuff and flees, two families remain. This is their story. 

    Category: Book That Made Me Cry 

    Winning Book: After You by Jojo Moyes


    This romantic, heart-rending book is the sequel to ‘Me Before You’, now a major motion picture. The book picks up where it left off but hoping to have fulfilled her promise to Will ‘to live’, Lou has found herself 18 months down the line working in an airport bar watching other people jet off to new places and wondering if her family will ever forgive her for what she did. Another book to both laugh and weep to. 

    Category: Book that Made Me Laugh Out Loud 

    Winning Book: The Road To Little Dribbling By Bill Bryson

    Twenty years after ‘Notes From A Small Island’, Bryson takes another tour of the UK and shares his hilarious observations 

    Category: Best Thriller Of The Year 

    Winning Book: The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins

    Rachel Watson, a 32-year-old alcoholic, gets the same train every day. Then one morning she sees something shocking whilst the train is stopped at a signal. It is only a fleeting moment but it changes everything forever. Gripping from start to finish.

    Category: Ultimate Page Turner 

    Winning Book: A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson

    A companion volume to ‘Life After Life’, it tells the story of Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father. His greatest challenge is living in a future he never expected to live in.