Flouting the competition's rules and for only the third time ever, this year's Booker Prize has been jointly awarded to Margaret Atwood's The Testaments and to Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other. Unable to compromise, the judges decided on two novels 'that will delight readers and will resonate for ages to come'.
Atwood's The Testaments continues the story of Gilead begun in The Handmaid's Tale and is a masterpiece of story telling, making her dystopian world seem all too real.
In Girl, Woman, Other, Evaristo follows 12 characters, most of them black, British women in a series of intergenerational stories. According to the judges, 'her style is passionate, razor-sharp, brimming with energy and humour'.
14th October 2019
Booker Prize winners announced
The six books are: Quichotte Salman Rushdie, The Testaments: a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale from Margaret Atwood, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange Worldby Elif Shafik, Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo, An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma, and Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann.
See if you agree with the judges.
3rd September 2019
Booker Prize Short list announced
Although Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie's entries have yet to be published, there is plenty to get started with on this fantastically varied longlist.
Make up your own mind who should make it to the shortlist on 3rd September: Jeanette Winterson's 'Frankissstein', Elif Shafik's '10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World' or Oyinkan Braithwaite's 'My Sister, The Serial Killer'?
Try 'Ducks, Newberyport' for an alternative narrative style characterised by a lack of full stops or 'Night Boat to Tangier' for a novel drenched in sex, death and narcotics.
The choice is yours...
24th July 2019
Booker Prize Longlist announced
Watch out for the hotly anticipated sequel to the Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. It's not out until 10th September but the Booker Prize judges have had a sneak preview and it has made it onto the longlist!
Will it answer the questions left hanging for years?
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, intrepid explorers joined in a hunt to find a bear in ten Wadhurst businesses between 15th and 22nd June. Those who found all the bears received a certificate and prizes from Barnett's. The event was such a success that we are thinking of running another hunt (different theme) later in the year!
15-22nd June 2019
We're going on a bear hunt...in Wadhurst
We are delighted to have been named as the "Best Bookshop in Sussex" in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2019, the biggest lifestyle awards outside London. Muddy Stilettos is known as the ultimate urban guide to the countryside and is itself an award-winning innovative blog.
Barnett's is officially the best bookshop in Sussex!
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones takes the £30,000 prize, ahead of the other shortlisted contenders: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, Milkman by Anna Burns, Ordinary People by Diana Evans, and Circe by Madeline Miller.
5 June 2019
Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 - Winner announced
On World Book Day, all children receive a £1 book token from their school. Bring the token into Barnett's and swap it for one of the TWELVE (exclusive, new and completely FREE) World Book Day books. Authors include Lauren Child, Rick Riordan and Malorie Blackman.
Or, if you’d prefer, you can use your book token to get £1 off any full price book instead.
7 March 2019
World Book Day 2019
Bart van Es' powerful presentation of a previously suppressed chapter of his family's history during the Holocaust, The Cut Out Girl captured the imagination of the judges. The First Novel award went to The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (Stuart Turton), just pipping our own Natalie Hart's Pieces of Me. Sally Rooney's Normal People won Best Novel and The Skylark's War (Hilary McKay) was named Best Children's Book.
30th January 2019
The Cut Out Girl wins Costa Book Awards 2018
We were thrilled to welcome our very own Natalie Hart to help launch her wonderful first novel: Pieces of Me. It was lovely to see so many local book lovers and old friends gathered in the shop where Natalie herself had spent so much time in her teens!
Pieces of Me, which was nominated for the 2018 Costa Awards, is an assured debut. Set in Iraq and the USA, it explores the conflicting emotions arising out of modern day warfare. This would make a great Book Club read!