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DYMOCKS BOOK OF THE YEAR

We are thrilled to announce the winner of this year's Book of the Year: Still Life by Sarah Winman.

Still Life is an exquisitely moving novel, full of emotion and warmth. It sweeps you through the Tuscan hills to smoggy London and the piazzas of Florence, and sits you down with its characters to take a journey alongside them.

Our congratulations to Sarah Winman, an incredibly deserving winner and an outstanding literary voice. Still Life is sure to go down as a classic of our time.

Find out more on our blog.

The Dymocks Book of the Year 2021 Winner is Still Life By Sarah Winman

2021 Winner


By the bestselling, prize-winning author of When God was a Rabbit and Tin Man, Still Life is a beautiful, big-hearted, richly tapestried story of people brought together by love, war, art, flood… and the ghost of E.M. Forster.

It is 1944 and in the ruined wine cellar of a Tuscan villa, as the Allied troops advance and bombs fall around them, two strangers meet and share an extraordinary evening together.

Ulysses Temper is a young British soldier and one-time globe-maker, Evelyn Skinner is a sexagenarian art historian and possible spy. She has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the ruins and relive her memories of the time she encountered EM Forster and had her heart stolen by an Italian maid in a particular Florentine room with a view.

These two unlikely people find kindred spirits in each other and Evelyn's talk of truth and beauty plants a seed in Ulysses mind that will shape the trajectory of his life – and of those who love him – for the next four decades.

Moving from the Tuscan Hills, to the smog of the East End and the piazzas of Florence, Still Life is a sweeping, joyful, richly-peopled novel about beauty, love, family and fate.