Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Books of the Year

My favourite 12 books that I read and/or listened to in 2016. Not all of these obviously were published in 2016 but they were new books to me: 


1. The North Water - Ian McGuire 
2. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline 
3. Black Lamb and Gray Falcon - Rebecca West
4. Country Road, A Tree - Jo Baker
5. War Music (complete ed.) - Christopher Logue
6. Symphony for the City of the Dead - MT Anderson
7. An Encyclopedia of Myself - Jonathan Meades
8. Days Without End - Sebastian Barry
9. Rogue Heroes - Ben MacIntyre
10. Chanson douce - Leïla Slimani  
11. Dreamland - Sam Quinones
12. Hillbilly Elegy - JD Vance

Two of my favourite novels of the year have an interesting Queens University Belfast connection: The North Water's hero attends medical school at QUB and we get the occasional Belfast flashback; Jo Baker studied English at QUB where she encountered the works of Samuel Beckett, hearing from her tutor there that Beckett's experiences in WW2 were an influence on his plays and fiction.