The Shining Girls trumped the other titles, that were selected as Book of the Month during the past year, including international bestsellers, to take home the award.
Lauren Beukes’ international bestselling novel, The Shining Girls, was awarded the Exclus1ve Books ‘Book of the Year: Reader’s Choice’ at a private function on Friday, 25 October in Johannesburg.
The Shining Girls competed with nine other titles including Perfect by Rachael Joyce and Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Each month a title gets selected as ‘Book of the Month’, and then a final winner gets selected out of the ‘Book of the Month’ as ‘Book of the Year: Reader’s Choice’. It is exceptional that a novel by a South African author has been selected for this prestigious award this year.
Lauren Beukes will release her new novel, Broken Monsters next year, through Umuzi in South Africa.
- The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
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