Wednesday, 28 December 2011

A Year in Books - Best of 2011

Okay maybe not a best of 2011 more a favourites of what I've read in 2011 but that doesn't have a snappy title.

10 - Julian Corkle is a Filthy Liar by D J Connell

Muriel's Wedding meets Strictly Ballroom where it all comes good at a hairdressing competition. Genuine smirk out loud moments

9 - Stone's Fall by Iain Pears

A puzzle box of a novel that combines high finance, murder , espionage and love.

8 - Palo Alto by James Franco

Short stories of dead soul youth in minimalistic style that recalls early Brett Easton Ellis from annoyingly multi talented actor

7 - Forgetting Zoe by Ray Robinson

Harrowing tale of the capture and imprisonment of a young girl but a tale told of the capacity to survive with heart and sense of hope  ... and much better than The Room

6 - Imperial Bedrooms - Bret Easton Ellis

Revisiting the characters of Less Than Zero, with the characters older put playing out the same parts with a whole new set of insecurities. - mixes the banal , with the horror and sharp shocks of emotion

5 - Boxer Beetle - Ned Beauman

Debut novel packed with more ideas than a lot of authors manage in their whole career. Unlike anything else you are likely to read in  long time

4 - Beatles - Lars Saabye Christensen

Coming of age novel following 4 friends who bond over music with each chapter loosely themed around one of the fab 4s song titles

3 -  Something to Tell You - Hanif Kureishi

Another Kureishi book and another mid life crisis, but this time told with real warmth and humour as well as a cast of supporting characters that you can really care for

2 - Last Night in Twisted River - John Irving

Not his best but better than most. It is as ever epic in scope but personal in its core relationships, funny , tragic and wise ... oh and reassuringly a kind of bear and a farting dog feature

1 - A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan

Short stories disguised as a novel. Forget the last clunky chapter, this is joy with at its heart the power of both music and love


  1. Not one of these in my pile... 'The Frozen Planet' has a lot to answer for...

  2. those dam polar bears and penguins!

    hope you had a good xmas


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