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Man Booker winner up for Waterstones book of the year

Australian novelist Richard Flanagan holds a copy of his book The Narrow Road to the Deep North Image copyright EPA
Image caption Australian novelist Richard Flanagan won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Richard Flanagan's Man Booker Prize winning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North is among eight contenders for Waterstones Book of the Year 2014.

The expanded shortlist comprises three fiction and four non-fiction titles, as well as one children's book.

The list includes Helen Macdonald's Samuel Johnson Prize winner H is for Hawk and Jessie Burton's debut novel The Miniaturist.

The winner will be announced on Monday 1 December.

The books were nominated by Waterstones booksellers across the UK.

Flanagan's novel, which won the £50,000 Man Booker Prize in October, is set during the construction of the Thailand-Burma Death Railway during World War Two.

Macdonald won the £20,000 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction last week for her book about how training her own goshawk helped her come to terms with the death of her father.

Waterstones Book of the Year 2014 shortlist

  • Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Picador)
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)
  • Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond by Sabrina Ghayour (Mitchell Beazley)
  • Once Upon An Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers (Harper Collins Children's Books)
  • The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan (Simon & Schuster)
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (Jonathan Cape)
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty (Harvard University Press)

Everyday Sexism is by Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project. Burton's best-selling The Miniaturist is a literary thriller set in 17th Century Amsterdam.

The one children's book on the list is Oliver Jeffers' Once Upon an Alphabet, while Sabrina Ghayour's Persiana, a celebration of cuisine from the Middle East and beyond, is the sole cookery book to be included.

The Opposite of Loneliness is a posthumous collection of essays and stories from Marina Keegan. The shortlist is completed by Thomas Piketty's Capital, a 700-page economic analysis about income inequality.

"The judgement of our booksellers is always interesting and, as this year, sometimes surprising," said James Daunt, managing director of Waterstones, who will lead a panel of judges.

"That we were obliged to extend the shortlist to eight [from six] is testament to the passionate support these books have earned in our bookshops."

Last year's winner was Stoner, by late writer John Williams, a US novel first published in 1965 which became an unlikely bestseller in 2013.

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