My favourite reads of 2017

During 2017 I read 70 books, of which I gave my ‘highly recommended’ award to 12 fiction and 4 non-fiction books.

It’s difficult to choose the best from amongst the ‘magnificent’, ‘fantastic’, ‘brilliant’, ‘fabulous’, ‘wonderful’, so instead I’ll go for the author who had two entries, namely Dave Eggers for

What is the What and The Circle

Interestingly, in 2015 I gave the ‘highly recommended’ award to Dave Eggers’ novel Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? If you haven’t come across Dave Eggers, maybe you should…

Fiction (highly recommended)

  1. Before the Fall – Noah Hawley [After the plane crash suspense / thriller.]
  2. To Kill the President – Sam Bourne [Magnificent thriller with Trump as the bad guy – LOL!]
  3. All the Old Knives – Olen Steinhauer [Fantastic spy novel set mainly across a dinner table.]
  4. What is the What – Dave Eggers [Long, but terrific true story, set in Sudan. A book to read again.]
  5. The Circle – Dave Eggers [1984 meets social media. Brilliant!]
  6. Other People’s Money – Justin Cartwright [An old family bank becomes a cropper! A fabulous tale.]
  7. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote [Capote’s classic, a brilliantly written,  but shocking, true story.]
  8. Strangers on a Train – Patricia Highsmith [Tense, claustrophobic and brilliant.]
  9. The Crime Writer – Jill Dawson [Terrific novel around the life of Patricia Highsmith.]
  10. Natural Flights of the Human Mind – Clare Morrall [Dealing with grief. A wonderful story.]
  11. Prayers For The Stolen – Jennifer Clement [Terrific novel about trafficking of young girls in Mexico.]
  12. Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman – Stefan Zweig [Emotional early 20th century novella.]

Non-fiction (highly recommended)

  1. A Very English Scandal – John Preston [The story of the downfall of MP Jeremy Thorpe.]
  2. The Last Act of Love – Cathy Rentzenbrink [Well-written true story of loss.]
  3. The Signal and the Noise – Nate Silver [The art of prediction. Difficult.]
  4. Poor Economics – Banerjee & Duflo [What it’s like to be poor.]
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