You’ve read all the Christmas Books sections of the newspapers. You’ve listened to the radio round-ups. But when it comes down to it, what you really want to know is…
What books did Kirsty love this year?
Perfectly understandable of you all, of course. Without further ado, then, here are my ten favourite books read in 2008 (in no particular order, because I can’t decide):
- Asylum by Patrick McGrath
- Clear by Nicola Barker
- I Am Mary Dunne by Brian Moore
- Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley
- The Victorians by A.N. Wilson
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
- The Spare Room by Helen Garner
- Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope
- The Loudest Sound and Nothing by Clare Wigfall
For all that I can’t decide on the order of the top 10 overall, I can without a shadow of a doubt say that the number 1, best book I read in 2008 was The Victorians by A.N. Wilson. It is an incredible achievement; a magnum opus; a labour of love. Simply the best one-volume history of the Victorian period that I have found thus far.