Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

An e-reader backlash? Beautiful and magical illustrated fable named Book of the Year by Waterstones


Thought The Girl on the Train was a dead cert for this year's Book of the Year award? Think again. Waterstones' favourite is an illustrated fable that's a visual treat for all ages.

The Fox and the Star, by Coralie Bickford-Smith, tells the tale of a Fox who loses his only friend Star who has always lit his path in the dark, dense forest. Fox embarks on a journey to find Star in a moving and imaginative tale about loss and grief.

It sounds a little like the plot for a John Lewis advert and the title could be the name of your local pub, but Coralie's debut work is a truly worthy winner of the coveted title.

The Fox and the Star

The Fox and the Star has won Waterstone's Book of the Year award

Beating off stiff competition from bestselling titles such as Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman and Paula Hawkins' hit train-set thriller, the work spells something of a backlash against e-reader domination - colourful, substantial and something to keep forever. Waterstones' Managing Director James Daunt describes The Fox and the Star as a book of “great physical beauty and timeless quality.” 

In her thoughtful approach to a universal theme, Coralie also challenges the idea of neatly-defined categories separating “children” and “adults”.

An award-winning designer of Penguin's cloth-bound books, Coralie took a six-month sabbatical to work on her debut. She cites William Blake's poem Eternity as her inspiration for the story, while her “design hero” William Morris' iconic botanical motifs inspired the backdrop to her moving prose.

“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 2015 Waterstones Book of the Year shortlist



Winnie the Pooh's bucket list of simple British pleasures


JK Rowling on the pressure of global success

mary kate olsen olivier sarkozy.jpg

The first details on Mary-Kate Olsen's secret wedding revealed

Couple on bridge.jpg

Read the heartbreaking final messages lovers send each other


UK hair salon offer ‘quiet chair’ for those who dread small talk


Sleeping Beauty is a prince in panto tackling gender stereotypes

Stella McCartney.JPG

The A-List Instagram highlights from the week from Alexa to Ab Fab


Five of the most delicious scented candles for Christmas



Harry Potter fans, there's a Roald Dahl collaboration in the works

Are you ready for a magical Willy Wonka prequel?

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Oct 2016

Sarah Jessica Parker is launching a new line of fiction books

She’s channelling her inner Carrie Bradshaw…

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Oct 2016

New Ladybird books for grown-ups are all our work woes

Old pics, new problems

by Anna Pollitt
18 Oct 2016

These are the UK’s favourite pearls of Winnie-the-Pooh wisdom

He’s far more than a bear of very little brain, you know.

by Moya Crockett
14 Oct 2016

Bridget Jones's author on life, love and the importance of friendship

“No one can have it all”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
12 Oct 2016

There's now going to be a Good Sex in Fiction award

“We have laughed enough”

by Amy Swales
12 Oct 2016

Meet the winner of Stylist’s gothic short story competition

The big short

by The Stylist web team
10 Oct 2016

9 important life lessons from cult feminist Instagram poet Rupi Kaur

Happy National Poetry Day.

by Moya Crockett
06 Oct 2016

Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz to star in adaptation of Disobedience

They will bring Naomi Alderman’s debut novel to life on the silver screen

by Kayleigh Dray
05 Oct 2016

Watch eerie trailer for Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events

We’re sorry to say that the trailer you’re about to watch is extremely unpleasant…

by Kayleigh Dray
05 Oct 2016