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  1. 48. Lowborn Kerry Hudson ****(*) 47. What Red Was Rosie Price ***(*) 46. The Card Arnold Bennett *** 45. Memories of the Future Siri Hustvedt **** 44. The Following Story Cees Nooteboom *** 43. Friday Black Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah **** 42. The Language Of Birds Jill Dawson *** 41. Girl, Woman, Other - Bernadine Evaristo *** 40. All That Man Is David Szalay (RR) ***** 39. Fleishman Is In Trouble Taffy Brodesser-Akner **** 38. The Conservationist Nadine Gordimer *(*) 37. Never Anyone But You Rupert Thomson **** 36. Common People Ed Kit de Waal ***(*) 35. Nina X Ewan Morrison **** 34. A High Wind In Jamaica (RR) Robert Hughes ***** 33. The End Of Vandalism Tom Drury ****(*) 32. Emil And The Detectives Erich Kästner 31. All Among The Barley Melissa Harrison ****(*) 30. A Different Drummer William Melvin Kelly **** 29. Waterland Graham Swift *** 28. The Only Story Julian Barnes ***(*) 27. Dinosaurs On Other Planets Danielle McLaughlin ***** 26. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman ***(*) 25. The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad (RR) *** 24. Missing Fay Adam Thorpe **** 23. Country Michael Hughes ****(*) 22. From A Low And Quiet Sea Donal Ryan ****(*) 21. The 7th Function Of Language Laurent Binet ***(*) 20. Milkman Anna Burns ***** 19. Enormous Changes At The Last Minute Grace Paley (RR) ***** 18. Mr Loverman Bernadine Evaristo ***(*) 17. Scoop Evelyn Waugh (RR) **** 16. Mothers Chris Power **** 15. Lincoln In The Bardo George Saunders (Audio) (RR) ***** 14. To Love A Woman Amos Oz ** 13. Great Granny Webster Caroline Blackwood **** 12. Putney Sofka Zinovieff ***(*) 11. Sight Jessie Greengrass ** 10. Wittgenstein's Nephew Tomas Bernhard **** 9. Family Lexicon Natalia Ginzburg *** 8. Dear Evelyn Kathy Page ** 7. Eight Months On Ghazzah Street Hilary Mantel ****(*) (RR) 6. Swing Time Zadie Smith **** 5. Gachar, Gochar Vivek Shanbhag ****(*) 4. Ghost Wall Sarah Moss ****(*) 3. The Yiddish Policemen's Union Michael Chabon **** 2. Periera Maintains Antonio Tabucci (RR) **** 1. Of Kids and Parents Emil Hakl ****
  2. A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution - Orlando Figes
  3. And Quiet Flows The Don - Mikhail Sholokhov
  4. Go Tell It On The Mountain - James Baldwin
  5. Love In A Cold Climate - Nancy Mitford
  6. Thanks, iff I'll put this on the TBR list right away. I really enjoyed Where I Left My Soul and The Sermon On The Fall of Rome but this one seems to have escaped me.
  7. Have you heard of the Backlisted podcast, DP? It is something of a boy's club and can sound smug sometimes, but it's worth listening to to find out about striking writers from the past. A guest comes on to join the panel in going in depth to discuss the book and the author - they also talk about what they are reading at the moment. Thank you for the Read Like A Writer tip, will get on that immediately.
  8. Thanks, Mr HG, will definitely read.
  9. Oh my gosh, Toibin is the man! What a fantastic writer and all-round top bloke. I've read all his fiction and loved every one of them. I even sent him a fan email once in a fit of misguided enthusiasm (and got back a standard answer, embarassing )
  10. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Jeanette Winterson
  11. Momac and meg, I'm sorry for the worry and pain that has just ocurred for you both. I do hope your daughter improves every day, Momac, and her medication stabilises everything again. Meg, there is quite a bit of genetic disability in my family and I know the feeling when you get a diagnosis that confirms what you already know - it comes as no great surprise, but you are still shot through with anxiety and uncertainty as your world shifts. My thoughts are with you and I wish you and your close family all the best.
  12. Assymetry by Lisa Halliday. What a fab piece of writing. Sad to be finishing it.
  13. Oh, the books are great! Highly recommended.
  14. Dragon Teeth - Michael Crichton (I cheated)
  15. Definitely. I've just finished Frances Hardinge The Lie Tree, aimed at CYA and enjoyed it very much. On the radio recently I heard someone bemoan the loss of plot in novels other than crime novels, but in the best CYA you get all the characterisation and atmosphere but with great plots too.
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