The nominations were interesting – and not what we might have expected. There seems to be quite a strong consensus around certain titles, as big contenders like The Silkworm got many of likes in last years – but there were also a few surprises.
Here is a selection of 10 best book after our opinion.
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
A clever crime novel that left me guessing to the end. Growing up on a diet of Agatha Christie novels
Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood
Beautifully written, compelling. An insight into Hemingway and the wives who put up with him. Haunts you long after you’ve finished reading.
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
There are sentences in good novels that make you swoon with just how perfect they are at saying something true. This novel is made up almost entirely of sentences like that. It is the portrait of a marriage falling apart and yet so much more than that. Less than 200 pages long but every page sings with something, this is the work of a master writer who took 15 years to publish this.
Road to Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
A wonderful blend of memoir, lit crit and biography – reminds you of the powerful place books can take in our lives.
Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis
So many of her phrases sparked off a chain reaction in my head that it was as if she was reading me.
Capital in the Twenty by First Century – Thomas Pikkety
Riveting, thought-provoking content and well built explanations that have moved readers to purchase this tome of economics in droves. But I admit that first the reader must bring an interest in the subject matter that is more than cursory.
With a Zero at Its Heart by Charles Lambert
Beautifully written and unusually structured, ‘Zero’ is a collection of tightly described significant moments, objects, people, happenings, moods. A unique approach to perception, insight and memory.
In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman
Expansive, bold, ambitious, and very angry about important things: class, privilege and all kinds of entitlement, both political and personal. It is full of the energy of taking nothing for granted. Also, the plot is entirely retrospective, which I love.
Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus
Ben Marcus is a genius. This collection of short stories is utterly gripping. It is scintillating in its descriptions and ideas, and has a bucket load of Marcus’s trademark experimentalism. I might even go as far as to say, this is Marcus at his very best.
Any Other Mouth by Anneliese Mackintosh
Balancing somewhere between fiction & non-fiction, this is a collection of interlinked short stories that will shock and move you to tears. A must read.