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Amaryllis’ Decade in Books

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Tomorrow the Man Booker shortlist will be announced. But far more thrilling, today we announce the contenders for the L&R Book of Books. The bookshop will be 10 years old in October so we have chosen a book from each year that we have loved and talked about and pressed into the hands of willing customers who have then gone on to present them to friends, acquaintances and even possibly strangers. Selecting the books wasn’t easy; we all had our own favourites but in the end I made the final decision when everyone was on holiday…


(To preclude any accusations of bias we have not included any of our beloved Agency authors whose books have been much pressed over the decade).


Here is that list – you can read them and decide for yourself. We have taken the occasion very seriously and T has drawn up ballot papers for a secret ballot in the bookshop and the winner will be announced on 14th October (same day as the Booker if you are still following that). And there will be prizes!


2010 – Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis

2011 – Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

2012 – My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

2013 – Plainsong by Kent Haruf

2014 – H Is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald

2015 – A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

2016 – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

2017 – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

2018 – Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

2019 – Lanny by Max Porter



About Amaryllis


Amaryllis is our bookshop blogger.


Her pen name is taken from Alice Thomas Ellis’ Other Side of the Fire, which is unfortunately and scandalously out of print. One of the funniest bits in the book is the bodice-ripper that one of the characters is writing and the female - who slays the men with one toss of her raven locks and one glance from her fiery green eyes as she strides among the glens, faithful wolfhound by her side - is Amaryllis! And the name just seemed to suit so here we are.

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