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guiness-world-records-2015Due to the Christmas holidays last week, book news was understandably quiet but here are a few pieces of a newsworthy nature to tide you over.

It turns out that Guinness World Records 2015 was this year’s big Christmas bestseller, showing that readers still choose the long-running novelty book as a stocking stuffer for the festive season.

If you missed it over the Christmas period, Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens BBC Radio 4 adaptation is available to listen to now in its entirety.

The Miniaturist has been named the Specsavers National Book Awards Book of the Year. Jessie Burton won following a public vote for readers’ favourite novel of 2014. This book also recently claimed the top spot for the Waterstones Book of the Year. Other winners at the Specsavers ceremony were Terry Hayes’s I am Pilgrim for Crime/Thriller of the Year, David Walliams for Awful Auntie (which won Children’s Book of the Year), Karen Joy Fowler, who received the prize for International Author of the Year for her book We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, and Us author David Nicholls, who won best UK Author of the Year.

With Culturefly releasing ‘Best of’ (and ‘Worst of’) lists for 2014, let’s have a read of other bookish lists. The Independent have posted their top reads of the year, from fiction to fashion and The Telegraph have a list of 45 of the year’s best YA books.

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