Thursday, 10 December 2015

The Guardian’s ‘Best Books of 2015’ Long List Now Available

The Guardian’s annual book review has now been published.  With over 60 books included in the reviewers list, there really is something for everyone.  This year’s reviewers included Hilary Mantel, Margaret Atwood, Anthony Horowitz, Lauren Child and Mark Lawson and now the Guardian wants to know what you think, with the readers nominations for their Book of 2015 now being accepted.
Whether you already have an opinion, are choosing a gift for a friend, or are looking for your next read, this list is worthy of a look.
Books that made the reviewers list include:
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Spanning three decades and crossing continents, A Brief History of Seven Killings chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters – slum kids, drug lords, journalists, prostitutes, gunmen and even the CIA. 
Get It Together by Zoe Williams
Zoe Williams brings together all the arguments that occupy the current political landscape and argues that on all levels, it’s lunacy to be anything other than left-wing unless you’re actually already an oligarch. She offers us the debate in a truly entertaining way - she’s pacey, conversational and funny.
Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness.  In this moment of despair they are visited by a crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.
Invisible by Philip Ball
This is a history of humanity's turbulent relationship with the invisible. It takes on the myths and morals of Plato, the occult obsessions of the Middle Ages, the trickeries and illusions of stage magic, the auras and ethers of Victorian physics, military strategies to camouflage armies and ships and the discovery of invisibly small worlds.
Jihad Academy by Nicolas Hénin
Framed by Hénin s personal experience as a hostage of ISIS alongside James Foley, Jihad Academy debunks the myths surrounding Islamic extremism and provides a clear and revealing insight into the sect’s strange and distorted world. 
Margaret Thatcher: Everything She Wants by Charles Moore
The second volume of Charles Moore's bestselling authorized biography of the Iron Lady.
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Through the lives of two women, Ferrante tells the story of an Italian neighbourhood, a city and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her two protagonists.
Neurotribes by Steve Silberman
A sprawling and fascinating dissection of the role autism has played in shaping human history.
One of Us by Åsne Seierstad
On 22 July 2011 Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 of his fellow Norwegians in a terrorist atrocity that shocked the world. In the devastating aftermath, the inevitable questions began. How could this happen? Why did it happen? And who was Anders Breivik?
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
An exquisitely written story of aging, loneliness, empathy and the cruelties inflicted by those who should have our best interests at heart.
Sentenced to Life by Clive James
In his new collection of poems Clive James looks back over an extraordinarily rich life with a clear-eyed and unflinching honesty.
The Blue Touch Paper by David Hare
David Hare describes his childhood, his Anglo-Catholic education and his painful apprenticeship to the trade of dramatist. He sets the progress of his own life against the history of a time in which faith in hierarchy, deference, religion, the empire and finally politics all withered away. Only belief in private virtue remains.
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Run away with Holly Sykes: wayward teenager, broken-hearted rebel and unwitting pawn in a titanic, hidden conflict.
The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera
This novella follows four characters and their struggles in life. Sometimes funny, often thought provoking.
The Healing Station by Michael McCarthy
A wonderfully sensitive and insightful small book of poetry from someone who sees many deeper questions behind even the most bleak of human situations.
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
A sinister, wickedly funny novel about a near-future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless roam free.
The Illuminations by Andrew O'Hagan
How much do we keep from the people we love? Why is the truth so often buried in secrets? Can we learn from the past or must we forget it? Standing one evening at the window of her house by the sea, Anne Quirk sees a rabbit disappearing in the snow. Nobody remembers her now, but this elderly woman was in her youth a pioneer of British documentary photography. When her grandson Luke returns home to Scotland Anne's secret story begins to emerge, along with his, and they set out for an old guest house in Blackpool where she once kept a room.
The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien
When a wanted war criminal from the Balkans, masquerading as a faith healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community are in thrall. One woman falls under his spell and in this astonishing novel, Edna O'Brien charts the consequences of that fatal attraction.
The New Wild by Fred Pearce
In The New Wild, Fred Pearce goes on a journey to rediscover what conservation should really be about
The Visitors by Simon Sylvester
A tale of blossoming love, myth and dark mystery on a remote Scottish island.

To view the full list and find out how to nominate your book of 2015 visit

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