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The end of the year has arrived and so it is time for Rob and Kate to looks back on the titles they have read, pick our their favourites and decide on their books of the year!
There were many categories to choose from so here our are choices, along with our books of the year (Kate in bold, Rob in italics)
Just click on the title of the book to read our review or listen to the podcast where it’s discussed (some titles are still to be reviewed!).
: The Left Hand of Darkness
, The Secret History
Best SFF : Chaos Walking trilogy, Angelmaker , The Explorer
Best mystery/thriller: Cruel Summer, The Secret History, I Am Pilgrim
Best historical: Pure, Wolf Hall
Best Nazi novel: HHhH
Best comic novel : Geek Girl, May We Be Forgiven
Most un-put-down-able: Tall Tales From Pitch End , The Goldfinch
Best non-fiction: Walking Home , Steve Jobs
Best sense of place : The Golem and the Djinni, The City’s Son , Dominion
Most manipulative : Gone Girl, The Explorer
Most emotional/moving : The First Last Kiss, The Song of Achilles (podcast too!), HhHH
Best in translation : The Shadow of the Wind
Best book-of-the-film : The Great Gatsby
Favourite lead character : Todd and Viola – Chaos Walking , Theo – The Goldfinch
Best villain : Reach – The City’s Son , Tom Ripley – The Talented Mr Ripley
Most unusual/surprising: Poison, Charm, and Beauty (Sarah Pinborough), House of Rumour
Authors who’ve passed away: Iain Banks (Crow Road, Surface Detail ), Tom Clancy, Seamus Heaney
Book of the Year: Tall Tales From Pitch End , HhHH, The Goldfinch
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Episode 77. An Adventures With Words production.