THE criteria are simply that I have read and reviewed these books in the last year. You might like a head’s up list for your Christmas stocking. There are some powerful contenders, although flicking through the bestseller lists of W.H. Smith and Amazon only a couple get a mention, which is sort of the point of this blog. I make no apology for the fact that they are not so well known nor that I did not review another Harry Potter book or another Lee Child. Any of these I feel would hold their own in any company.
The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes, political biography of Shostakovitch
Homo Deus by Yoav Noah Harari, towering examination of the future
The Third Plate by Dan Barber, the foodie and farmers book
The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet, the intellectual’s Dan Brown
Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre, the masterful return to etch in a sequel to the Spy Who Came In From the Cold
Winter by Ali Smith, slicker and faster than her bestselling Autumn
Of a different persuasion, I also have a recipe book out, in case you are feeling the cold of winter and might like a different take in the kitchen – Broth to Bowl. And this is one I scouted for Modern Books if you fancy making your own bread – Sourdough