Waterstones reveals its Books of the Year

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Each year Waterstones’ booksellers nominate and vote for their favourite book and author published over the past 12 months.

We are delighted that Waterstones has named Charlie Macksey’s The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse as its Book of the Year 2019 and the activist Greta Thunberg, author of No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, as its Author of the Year 2019.

Waterstones said both books had made an ‘unparalleled impression’ on its booksellers amidst a wide-ranging and immensely strong shortlist; standing out ‘as the books we most need now…in a time of uncertainty.’


The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse

Discover the very special book that has captured the hearts of millions of readers all over the world.

'A wonderful work of art and a wonderful window into the human heart' Richard Curtis

A book of hope for uncertain times.

Enter the world of Charlie's four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons.

The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared millions of times online - perhaps you've seen them? They've also been recreated by children in schools and hung on hospital walls. They sometimes even appear on lamp posts and on cafe and bookshop windows. Perhaps you saw the boy and mole on the Comic Relief T-shirt, Love Wins?

Here, you will find them together in this book of Charlie's most-loved drawings, adventuring into the Wild and exploring the thoughts and feelings that unite us all.

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference
A new expanded and illustrated edition of the history-making speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young activist who has become the voice of a generation

'We are the change and change is coming'

In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day. A year later, she was joined in her strike by over seven million people around the world.

This is the record of a game-changing year in the fight against the climate crisis. Collecting the speeches that sparked a global movement, and iconic images of those who made it happen, No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.

With new speeches from Vienna, Paris, New York and Montreal

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