2008 Year End Review: My Top Twelve Books

ten-talesBest Book Made Up of Short Pieces: Ten Tales Tall and True by Alasdair Gray

 

 

novel-about-my-wife1Best Novel set in the Here and Now: Novel About My Wife by Emily Perkins

 

 

company-of-liarsBest First Meeting with an author: Company of Liars by Karen Maitland

 

 

 

crowded-streetBest Book reissued in the year: The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby

 

 

 

love-childBest Flight of Fancy: The Love-Child by Edith Olivier

 

 

 

queen-emmaBest Journey Into The Real Past: Queen Emma and The Vikings by Harriet O’Brien

 

 

glass-of-timeBest Journey Into an Imaginary Past: The Glass of Time by Michael Cox

 

 

 

servantsBest Novel for Producing a Warm Glow: The Faithful Servants by Marjory Sharp

 

 

 

drivers-seatBest Not Quite Contemporary But Not Quite History Book: The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark

 

 

harriett-freanBest Book Received as a Gift: The Life and Death Of Harriett Frean by May Sinclair

 

 

gargoyleBest Book Outside My Usual Range:The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

 

 

 

wreath-of-rosesBest Virago Modern Classic Not Already Mentioned: A Wreath of Roses by Elizabeth Taylor

 

 

 

Please don’t ask me to pick an overall winner – I really can’t!

5 responses

  1. Interesting list. Love all those Virago editions. Haven’t read The Driver’s Seat, but I’m planning to read more Muriel Spark this year, so maybe I’ll try to find a copy.

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