The BIG book list of 2009

Every day up to December 25th an author featured at TVFH over the last few years told us of their favourite read of 2009 in our Author Advent. Now we've pulled them all together into our BIG book list of 2009.
Just print off this list and take it to your local bookshop and ask them to send you them - tell them we sent you!

Kate Thompson: The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith by Thomas Keneally
Pietro Grossi: What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg
Stephen Clayton: Repetition by Alain Robbe-Grillet
Shanta Everington: The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
John Baker:  Eleven Kinds of Loneliness by Richard Yates
Anne Brooke: The Winding Stick by Elise Valmorbida
Gary Murning:  Engleby by Sebastian Faulks
Marina Lewycka: The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot 
Michael Kimball:  Scorch Atlas by Blake Butler
Mark Piggott: 2666 by Roberto Bolano 
Mari Strachan: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Jon Haylett:  Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire by Alex von Tunzelmann
Rosy Thornton: The Chateau by William Maxwell
Eliezer Sobel: The Angel of Forgetfulness by Steve Stern
Paul Torday:  Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
Gary Davison:  Kill Your Friends by John Niven
Gayle Forman:  The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Patrick Gale:  Dancing Backwards by Salley Vickers
Patricia Wood: The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak
Markus Zusak: All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
Julian Barnes:  The Broken Word by Adam Foulds
Jenn Ashworth:  The Night Train by Martin Amis
R.N. Morris: Being Dead by Jim Crace 
Deborah Lawrenson: The Vanishing Act of Esme by Maggie O'Farrell
Antony Moore: Falling Palace by Dan Hofstadter

Those sharp eyed of you may have noticed an extra one in there by Antony Moore, author of The Swap, who dropped in late for a mince pie.  Here's what he said ...

"I hope I'm not too late... The book I enjoyed most this year was published in a previous year and was Falling Palace by Dan Hofstadter. This is subtitled 'A Romance of Naples' and I was suitably romanced. I visited Naples when I was a very young man in company with a girl frankly too pretty for me. It inevitably ended in bitter recrimination (me) and polite indifference (her) but during a brief spell I was heady with Italy and with a buxom blonde (a cultural mismatch I grant you, but one I was happy to overlook). This beautifully written book brought back a much younger self and reminded me that relationships with people can sometimes end in tears but romance with places (cities in particular for me) seems to go on forever. I'm already planning a return to Naples with my much lovelier wife."

Antony Moore
The Swap

Top photo credit: Loozrboy

1 comment:

Michael J. Kannengieser said...

Lot's of talent and great books to read! -Mike.