10 Novels That Could Be Award Winners in 2020

The New Year is upon us and the Roaring 20s have come around again! That’s why today we’re looking forward into the New Year at the novels we think might be potential award winners in 2020. We’ve created a similar list for previous years, and just like then we’ll look back at this list later in the year to see if we were correct!

All of these books are on pre-order, and many of them are from authors you may already be familiar with. So without further ado, here are the ten books we think might be award winners in 2020!


Books are listed in the order they are due to be released.

A Beginning at the End – Mike Chen

14th January, 2020

How do you start over after the end of the world?
“Not just an apocalyptic thriller, but also a timely reminder of what is most important in life—family, love, and hope.”

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A Long Petal of the Sea – Isabel Allende

21st January, 2020

From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.

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Independence Square – A. D Miller

23rd January, 2020

A complex, contemporary political thriller from the bestselling author of Booker-shortlisted Snowdrops.

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English Monsters – James Scudamore

5th March, 2020

Here is a story about bonds between men and boys, both nurturing and devastatingly harmful. Here too is a chronicle of what happens when care is outsourced in the name of building resilience and character. English Monsters is a timely and important novel that marks the spectacular return of Booker-longlisted author James Scudamore.

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My Dark Vanessa – Kate Elizabeth Russell

10th March, 2020

Described as an inverse Lolita for the MeToo age, My Dark Vanessa shows the struggle of power, the battle for memories, and a haunting intimacy rarely found in modern novels.

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The Mirror and the Light – Hilary Mantel

10th March, 2020

It’s just a few months until the last book in the Cromwell trilogy is released and this hotly anticipated release is likely to shoot straight to the top of the bestsellers list upon release!

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A Thousand Moons – Sebastian Barry

19th March, 2020

From the two-time Booker Prize finalist author, a dazzling new novel about memory and identity, set in Tennessee in the aftermath of the Civil War to be released in March of this year.

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The Glass Hotel – Emily St John Mandel

24th March, 2020

From the award-winning author of Station Eleven (“Ingenious.” – The New York Times), an exhilarating novel set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events-a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea.

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A Small Revolution in Germany – Philip Hensher

2nd April, 2020

A Small Revolution in Germany is about growing up, or refusing to accept what growing up means; it’s about the small dishonest pacts that people make with their own futures; and it’s about the rare and joyous refusal to be disillusioned.

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Piranesi – Susanna Clarke

15th September, 2020

From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.

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We hope you find some good suggestions there and we’ll be back with more recommendations lists soon. If you want to ensure you never miss any of these, subscribe now.



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