Top tens

My top ten books from every year since 2004.

2016

  1. Max Porter – Grief is the Thing with Feathers
  2. Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl
  3. Alessandro Baricco – Silk
  4. Geoff Dyer – Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D.H. Lawrence
  5. Kat Banyard – The Equality Illusion
  6. Margaret Atwood – Hag-Seed
  7. Jenny Diski – Skating to Antarctica
  8. Han Kang – The Vegetarian
  9. Ali Smith – How to Be Both
  10. Tove Jansson – A Winter Book

2015

  1. Geoff Dyer – Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
  2. David Sedaris – When You Are Engulfed in Flames
  3. Stefan Zweig – The Post-Office Girl
  4. Elena Ferrante – My Brilliant Friend
  5. A. L. Kennedy – On Writing
  6. Anne Lamott – Bird by Bird
  7. Jane Gardam – Crusoe’s Daughter
  8. Julian Barnes – Arthur & George
  9. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – We Should All Be Feminists
  10. Jonathan Coe – Expo 58

2014

  1. Eleanor Catton – The Rehearsal
  2. Rainbow Rowell – Eleanor and Park
  3. Frances Hardinge – A Face Like Glass
  4. Cheryl Strayed – Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  5. Jeanette Winterson – Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal
  6. Zadie Smith – Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays
  7. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah
  8. Audrey Niffenegger – Her Fearful Symmetry
  9. Jon McGregor – This Isn’t the Sort of Thing that Happens to Someone Like You
  10. Ann Morrow Lindbergh – Gift From the Sea

2013

  1. Cheryl Strayed – Tiny Beautiful Things
  2. Sarah Hall – Haweswater
  3. Barbara Pym – Excellent Women
  4. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Half of a Yellow Sun
  5. Alice Munro – The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose
  6. Margaret Atwood – MaddAddam
  7. Nicola Barker – Wide Open
  8. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
  9. John Gardner – The Art of Fiction
  10. Henry James – Washington Square

2012

  1. Patrick Hamilton – Hangover Square
  2. Dorothea Brande – Becoming a Writer
  3. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Purple Hibiscus
  4. Cordelia Fine – Delusions of Gender
  5. Zadie Smith – NW
  6. Julian Barnes – Nothing to be Frightened Of
  7. Caitlin Moran – How to be a Woman
  8. Angela Carter – Expletives Deleted
  9. Elaine Aron – The Highly Sensitive Person
  10. Kazuo Ishiguro – A Pale View of Hills

2011

  1. Rosamond Lehmann – The Weather in the Streets
  2. Anne Peile – Repeat it Today with Tears
  3. Yukio Mishima – Spring Snow
  4. Gustave Flaubert – Madame Bovary
  5. Jennifer Egan – A Visit from the Goon Squad
  6. Edmund de Waal – The Hare with Amber Eyes
  7. Diana Wynne Jones – Witch Week
  8. Siri Hustvedt – The Shaking Woman
  9. Colette – Chéri
  10. Jonathan Coe – The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

2010

  1. Rosamond Lehmann – Invitation to the Waltz
  2. A. S. Byatt – The Children’s Book
  3. Cormac McCarthy – The Road
  4. Margaret Atwood – The Year of the Flood
  5. Iris Murdoch – The Sea, The Sea
  6. Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall
  7. Jackie Kay – Why don’t you stop talking
  8. Guy de Maupassant – A Parisian Affair and Other Stories
  9. Sarah Waters – The Little Stranger
  10. Louis Sachar – Holes

2009

  1. Diana Wynne Jones – Fire and Hemlock
  2. Lorrie Moore – Birds of America
  3. Manuel Puig – Kiss of the Spider Woman
  4. Amélie Nothomb – The Life of Hunger
  5. Wilkie Collins – The Woman in White
  6. Anne Tyler – Digging to America
  7. Diana Wynne Jones – Howl’s Moving Castle
  8. Jonathan Coe – The Accidental Woman
  9. Etgar Keret – The Nimrod Flip-Out
  10. Jenn Ashworth – A Kind of Intimacy

2008

  1. Toni Morrison – Beloved
  2. Heather O’Neill – Lullabies for Little Criminals
  3. Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice
  4. Scarlett Thomas – The End of Mr. Y
  5. Colm Toibin – The Master
  6. Dodie Smith – I Capture the Castle
  7. Jonathan Coe – What a Carve Up!
  8. Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and Margarita
  9. Alice Munro – Runaway
  10. Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance
  11. E. M. Forster – A Room with a View

2007

  1. Nicola Barker – Darkmans
  2. Zoe Heller – Notes on a Scandal
  3. J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  4. Ted Hughes – Birthday Letters
  5. Anton Chekhov – The Russian Master and other stories
  6. Edmund White – The Flaneur
  7. Ali Smith – Hotel World
  8. Sarah Waters – The Night Watch
  9. Angela Carter – Nights at the Circus
  10. Anita Brookner – The Rules of Engagement

2006

  1. Alan Hollinghurst – The Line of Beauty
  2. George Eliot – Middlemarch
  3. Virginia Woolf – The Waves
  4. Angela Carter – The Magic Toyshop
  5. Michel Faber – The Fahrenheit Twins
  6. A. S. Byatt – Possession
  7. Joan Didion – The Year of Magical Thinking
  8. Hilary Mantel – Beyond Black
  9. Jane Gardam – Bilgewater
  10. Kate Atkinson – Case Histories

2005

  1. Kazuo Ishiguro – The Unconsoled
  2. Susanna Clarke – Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
  3. Kate Atkinson – Behind the Scenes at the Museum
  4. Haruki Murakami – The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
  5. Audrey Niffenegger – The Time Traveller’s Wife
  6. John Fowles – The Magus
  7. Daphne Du Maurier – Rebecca
  8. George Orwell – Animal Farm
  9. Aldous Huxley – Brave New World
  10. David Mitchell – Ghostwritten

2004

  1. Virginia Woolf – Mrs Dalloway
  2. Michel Faber – The Crimson Petal and the White
  3. Donna Tartt – The Secret History
  4. Michel Faber – Under the Skin
  5. John Irving – The World According to Garp
  6. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials trilogy
  7. Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude
  8. Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex
  9. Jonathan Coe – The House of Sleep
  10. John David Morley – Pictures from the Water Trade

 

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