Book Reviews

2020 Year In Review: Award Winners

Discover the year’s best books and award winners for 2020, focusing on the major literary and crime writing awards.



The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead WINNER

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Miles Franklin Literary Award

The Yield by Tara June Winch WINNER

The White Girl by Tony Birch

Islands by Peggy Frew

No One by John Hughes

The Returns by Philip Salom

Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany

The Stella Prize

See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill WINNER

Diving Into Glass by Caro Llewellyn

There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett

Here Until August by Josephine Rowe

The Yield by Tara June Winch

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

The Man Booker Prize

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart WINNER

The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook

Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga

The Davitt Awards (Crime Writing)

Best Adult Fiction

The Trespassers by Meg Mundell WINNER

Bruny by Heather Rose

Eight Lives by Susan Hurley

Life Before by Carmel Reilly

Present Tense by Natalie Conyer

The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan

Six Minutes by Petronella McGovern

The Ned Kelly Awards (Crime Writing)


Best Crime Novel

The Wife and the Widow by Christian White WINNER

Death of a Typographer by Nick Gadd

River of Salt by Dave Warner

The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan

The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale

True West by David Whish-Wilson


Best Debut Novel

Present Tense by Natalie Conyer WINNER

Eight Lives by Susan Hurley

Lapse by Sarah Thornton

The Nancys by R W R McDonald

Six Minutes by Petronella McGovern

Where the Truth Lies by Karina Kilmore

Best International Crime

The Chain by Adrian McKinty WINNER

Cruel Acts by Jane Casey

The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

The Night Fire by Michael Connelly

The Daggers (Crime Writing)

The Gold Dagger

Good Girl Bad Girl by Michael Robotham WINNER

What You Pay For by Claire Askew

November Road by Lou Berney

Forced Confessions by John Fairfax

Joe Country by Mick Herron

Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee


Women’s Prize for Fiction

Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell WINNER

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel

Dominicana by Angie Cruz

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

Weather by Jenny Offill

National Biography Award

Tiberius with a Telephone: The life and stories of William McMahon by Patrick Mullins WINNER

The Girls by Chloe Higgins

Beyond Words: A year with Kenneth Cook by Jacqueline Kent

Idling in green Places: A life of Alec Chisholm by Russell McGregor

Things Nobody Knows But Me by Amra Pajalić

Hearing Maud by Jessica White


We’d love your suggestions

Have you read something you loved this year, but it’s not part of our collection? Or maybe there’s a book you wish we had? We’re always happy to hear your suggestions! You can share your book recommendations by writing in the suggestion book at the library desk, or submit online via the library catalogue or suggest a book for the library to purchase

2020 Year In Review: Award Winners

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