“Still Life” named Dymocks 2021 book of the year
The novel by British author Sarah Winman Still life (Fourth Estate) was named Dymocks Book of the Year for 2021.
In 1944, for one night in a ruined wine cellar in a Tuscan villa, two strangers meet and share an extraordinary evening that will shape the course of their lives. “From the Tuscan hills and the squares of Florence to the smog of the East End of London, Still life is a grandiose and joyful novel about beauty, love, family and fate, âaccording to the publisher.
Dymocks booksellers across Australia chose Winman’s novel from a list of six. Timothy Sneddon, head of Dymocks brand and content, described it as a “transporting and engulfing story” that “had me strolling the streets of Florence and sitting in the corner of a dilapidated London pub with these adorable and memorable characters “. ‘Still life is quite striking with the page thumbnails coming to life like an award-winning film.
Dymocks Category Manager Kate Mayor said: “I am amazed at how amazing this novel is! Full of the city of Florence, amazing friendships and loves, as well as art, music and food (all the finer things in life!) (in an ambulance van, no less) So skillful, so uplifting and I didn’t want it to stop! ‘
Winman said she was “thrilled” and “totally honored” to win the award, adding, “Times like these can often change the trajectory of a book. As writers, we love that our books , in the end, be read. And with Dymocks approval, if my book falls into the hands of someone who normally wouldn’t read me, then it’s gold. Thank you very much. ‘
Craig Silvey’s novel Bee (A&U) won last year’s Dymocks Book of the Year award.
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