Happy New Year!
How delightful it is to see the end of baubles and tinsel, to dust the tired detritus of 2019 from the book shelves and prepare for the advent of sparkling new literary gems in 2020. The myth of Sisyphus endlessly pushing his boulder up the hill only for it to fall back down again could be seen as a metaphor for most retail but there are very few highs like the yuletide joy in a bookshop: especially one that is still only at the start of
it’s 10th birthday celebrations; AND whose baby has yet to make an appearance.
But before we move ahead, a last, lingering look at the fast
disappearing old year with my ultimate Top Ten favourite books of 2019.
They were not all published last year but were recommended by kindred spirits!
- The Dutch House, Ann Patchett
- Olive Again, Elizabeth Strout
- We Had It So Good, Linda Grant
- Life Among the Savages, Shirley Jackson
- The Overstory, Richard Powers
- The Offing, Benjamin Myers
- Memories From Moscow: to the Black Sea, Teffi
- Ragtime, E.L Doctorow
- How Many Miles to Babylon, Jennifer Johnston
- Ducks, Newburyport, Lucy Ellmann