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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 Sunday Times Bestseller and New York Times Bestseller.

    'You will not be able to buy a more beautiful book for Christmas for somebody you love' Chris Evans

    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 conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos. In Charlie's first book, you will find his most-loved illustrations and some new ones too.

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

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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a wonderful, beautifully illustrated story about love, friendship and kindness by the artist Charlie Mackesy; and a book of hope in uncertain times. The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos. Charlie's first book features his most-loved illustrations and some new ones too.

Speaking about its selection as Book of the Year, Waterstones said: ‘The simple yet profound message of kindness and understanding is an antidote for our often anxious and uncertain times and has deeply resonated with both our booksellers and our customers, thus earning the accolade of Waterstones Book of the Year 2019.’ It is offering a real cloth, quarter bound special edition in rich Burgundy with gold ribbon, hand designed exclusive ex libris book plate and two brand new festive drawings.

 

  • 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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Greta Thunberg is the young activist who has become the voice of a generation. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference is the record of a game-changing year in the fight against the climate crisis. Collecting the speeches that sparked a global movement, and the iconic images of its unprecedented growth, 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. Waterstones called it 'one of the most influential books of 2019'.

We have produced an expanded, strikingly designed edition of No One is Too Small to Make a Difference for Christmas. Featuring five new speeches and accompanied by over sixty images charting Greta’s extraordinary journey, it powerfully depicts the game-changing impact her activism has had in a very short amount of time.

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