Thursday, 31 December 2020

Book and Cover of the Year 2020 - Announcing the Winners!

OUR ANNUAL AWARDS!

Our Annual Award (no prize, just the praise!) 
The winners are chosen from the books that were selected as 
Book and Cover of the Month during 2020
the Book of the Month and Year selections 
are a personal choice by Helen Hollick, 
founder of Discovering Diamonds

the Cover of the month and year are selected by designers 
Cathy Helms of www.avalongraphics.org
 and Tamian Wood of  www.beyonddesigninternational.com

For my own enjoyment I want a book to be entertaining. I look forward to meeting new (and old!) fictional friends and becoming engrossed in their world. What I want is a story with believable characters enacting believable situations, even if these are fantasy, alternative or set in the distant past. My choices for Book of the Month are the novels that I enjoyed for the story/adventure and to find out 'what happens next'... 

Book Of The Year 2020
I enjoyed this particular 'murder mystery' because it was different to most - being set in a country outside of England, and during a time of upheaval following our own Civil Wars. I liked the plot, the pace - and immediately felt at home with the protagonist. Possibly the follow-up books in the series haven't had quite the same impact because they do not have the same 'goodness this is different!' element (they're still very good  though!) but my remit is to select one book that was exceptionally outstanding - in my personal opinion, for my personal reading pleasure. So my winner is...

read our review

Scroll down for previous winners

Cover design of the year 2020
Honourable Mention
read our review
UK Cover (no designer known)
Winner
Read our review
cover design by Caroline Young
for Headline Publishing Group

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Covers designed by Avalon Graphics are, naturally exempt,
but co-judge, Tamian Wood has selected her favourite



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Book of the Year 2019

read our review

Book of the Year 2018


Book of the Year 2017

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COVER of the YEAR
PREVIOUS WINNERS
Cover Design of the year 2019

cover design by Katie Anderson
Read Our Review

Honourable Mention Cover of the year for 2019:
Designer Unknown
Read Our Review

COVER OF THE YEAR 2018

Read our review HERE
Designed by Louise Millidge
published by Acorn Digital Press

Runner-up
Read our review HERE
Published and designed by Penquin Random House

COVER OF THE YEAR 2017

‘The Enchanted Swans’ by Christy Nicholas
Cover Designer: Cora Graphics

Honourable Mention

 ‘Under The Approaching Dark’ by Anna Belfrage

CONGRATULATIONS
to all!

Discovering Diamonds would like to thank
Cathy and Tamian
for their support and enthusiasm

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2 comments:

  1. Awww, Thanks Helen! Hard to believe we've been at it for four years now. Time flies when you love what you do!
    Kindly,
    Tamian

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  2. Congratulations to all contenders in both categories. I think the standard has been exceptionally high this year so additional applause to the winners!

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