A baker’s dozen coming up …… Links are to my reviews. Clicking on the book image will take you to Amazon.
Best Anthology: Tales of the German Imagination – translated and edited by Peter Wortsmann
Best Black Comedy: The Dinner – Hermann Koch
Best Debut and Best Historical Fiction: Burial Rites – Hannah Kent
Best Second Novel and Best State of the Nation (USA): Fallen Land – Patrick Flanery
Best Self-Help: The Novel Cure – Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin
Biggest Surprise: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson
Discovery of the Year (Fiction): Kafka’s Short Stories (More reading to follow)
Discovery of the Year (Non-fiction): Lost At Sea – Jon Ronson
Most Angst-Ridden, Comical and Erudite: On Writing – A L Kennedy
Most Deserving of the (belated) Hype: The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robin Galbraith (Review to follow)
Most Heart-Warming: The Humans – Matt Haig
Most Preposterous 5-star Read: The Hundred Year-Old Man who Climbed out of a Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson (Review to follow)
So Good I Read It Twice (and will read it again): Laidlaw – William McIlvanney
Which makes Canongate, with 3 books in my 13, Publisher of The Year but did they snag Book of The Year? Well, The Novel Cure was in the running, alongside On Writing, Burial Rites and Fallen Land. I’ve been debating with myself since September. Back and forth, back and forth it went. It has never been this close. It wasn’t until I wrote my final review of the year that I decided … which is why I never nominate my best of anything until the very last minute.
Lizzy’s Book of the Year is Tales of The German Imagination translated and edited by Peter Wortsmann.