The first part of Jakub Szamałek's sensational trilogy Ukryta sieć (“The Hidden Web”) was one of the three books awarded October's Grand Prix des Lectrices 2023 - an award given by the readers of the French edition of ‘Elle’ magazine.
The award is a longstanding tradition, as it has been awarded since 1970. It was established as a counterpoint to the professional literary awards, in which the prizes were decided by specialised juries - writers, critics, academics, or journalists. The Grand Prix des Lectrices was one of the first awards in France in which the verdict was decided by the readers.
The awards are traditionally given in three categories: novel, crime fiction, and non-fiction.