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!
2013 – Plainsong by Kent Haruf
2017 – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
2018 – Old Baggage by Lissa Evans
2019 – Lanny by Max Porter