The Fox and the Star has won Waterstones' Book of the Year 2015, beating high-profile literary works from the likes of Elena Ferrante and Harper Lee.
The illustrated children's book was written, illustrated and designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith – a designer at Penguin best known for designing silhouette-based patterns for the elegant clothbound editions of Penguin Classics from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Dante's Inferno.
Coralie has taken this style into her own book, which is illustrated with densely packed artworks in blue and white – with the titular Fox and a few other elements pulled out in orange.
The book is a really rather affecting tale about a Fox whose only companion, a star, disappears. Within this story is symbolic journey exploring grief and loss – and recovery from those.
“I am incredibly touched and honoured that The Fox and the Star has been voted Waterstones Book of the Year 2015," says Coralie. "I am especially thrilled that the Waterstones booksellers have chosen a book that hopefully speaks to children and adults alike. The Fox and the Star was the result of a very personal journey so for it to be recognised in this way means a lot to me.”
The full shortlist of Waterstones Book of The Year also includes SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard, My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig, Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District by James Rebanks, and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.
The Fox and the Star is a well-deserved winner – though it's also worth noting that it's also the one book on the shortlist that you have to buy in print – as it's design just wouldn't work on a Kindle or iPad.