- The Escape Artist, Jonathan Freedland (Harper)
- Babel, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager)
- The Golden Mole, Katherine Rundell (Faber & Faber)
- Skander and the Unicorn Thief, A.F. Steadman (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers)
Shortlisted titles are nominated by Waterstones booksellers. For more information, including the complete shortlist, see the Waterstones website.
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