Posted on 12/02/2020 at 08:47 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

2020 hasn’t been a total loss for author Maggie O'Farrell.

Her novel Hamnet, which already won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, has now gathered another (albeit less prestigious) honor: that of Waterstones book of the year.

The Guardian reports that Hamnet, the story of William Shakespeare’s son’s short life, received the overwhelming majority of Waterstones booksellers’ votes for its oh-so-timely message of “hope through the darkest of times.”

Across the Channel, Hervé Le Tellier — a former scientific journalist — has received France’s top literary prize, the Prix Goncourt.

L’anomalie is narrated by eleven different characters, all of them on a flight between Paris and New York, and combines elements of a sci-fi novel with those of a thriller, according to the Guardian.

Like countless other awards this year, the Prix Goncourt announcement came via video and not an in-person event. 

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