My 36 best reads of 2009

As Floating Life enters its last weeks, I present here my first “best of” list – reading. For details, visit that link. Not in order of merit.

  1. Cormac Millar, The Grounds Penguin 2006/7 – crime fiction
  2. Jose Luis de Juan, This Breathing World Arcadia 2007; first published in Spanish in 1999 – crime fiction, pomo to the hilt
  3. Magdalen Nabb, Vita Nuova Soho 2008 – crime fiction
  4. Jesse Kellerman, The Brutal Art 2008 – thriller
  5. James Hanley, Boy 1930/2007 – classic literary fiction
  6. Cormac Millar, An Irish Solution 2004 – fiction
  7. Shobhaa De, Sultry Days 1994 – fiction
  8. Madeleine Albright, The Mighty & the Almighty: Reflections on Power, God, and World Affairs, Macmillan 2006.
  9. Bart Ehrman, Lost Christianities, Oxford (USA) 2003
  10. Sue Grafton, T is for Trespass, Macmillan 2007 – crime fiction
  11. Louis de Bernières, A Partisan’s Daughter, Harvill Secker 2008 – literary fiction
  12. Simon Schama, The American Future: A History 2008.
  13. J G Ballard, Millennium People, London, Flamingo 2003 – literary fiction, satire
  14. Julian Halls, The Museum, Hobart, Knocklofty Press 2008 – crime fiction, satire, gay
  15. David Leavitt, The Indian Clerk Bloomsbury 2007 – literary fiction, gay
  16. Alexander McCall Smith, The Unbearable Lightness of Scones Edinburgh, Polygon 2008 — fiction,comedy
  17. Umberto Eco, Mouse or Rat: Translation as Negotiation, London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003 – linguistics
  18. Gary Bryson, Turtle, Sydney, Allen & Unwin 2008 – magic realism
  19. J M G  Le Clézio, Wandering Star translated by C Dixon, Curbstone Press 2004 – classic modern fiction
  20. Aviva Tuffield (ed), New Australian Stories, Melbourne, Scribe 2009.
  21. Scott Heim, We Disappear, Harper Perennial 2008 – gay, crime fiction
  22. Mark Davis,  The Land of Plenty: Australia in the 2000s Melbourne, MUP 2008 – non-fiction
  23. Christine Wicker,The Fall of the Evangelical Nation HarperOne 2008 – non-fiction
  24. Colin Chapman, Whose Holy City? Lion 2004
  25. D Michael Lindsay, Faith in the Halls of Power Oxford 2007 non-fiction
  26. Karen Armstrong, The Great Transformation Atlantic Books 2006 – history, theology
  27. Edward Wright, Damnation Falls 2007 — crime fiction
  28. Patricia Cornwell, Southern Cross 1998 – crime fiction
  29. Minette Walters, The Chameleon’s Shadow 2007 – thriller, crime fiction
  30. Michael Cunningham, The Hours 1998 – literary fiction, gay/lesbian
  31. Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots 2003 — “Imagine Little Britain meets the Cambridge Companion to English Literature + literary theory. Hilarious. The Wuthering Heights anger management day is just one gem of many.”
  32. Louis Nowra Ice 2008 – magic realism
  33. Peter Ackroyd, Shakespeare: The Biography 2005
  34. Tariq Ali, The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power 2008 – non-fiction
  35. Christopher Rush, Will 2007 – excellent fictional life of Shakespeare
  36. Tony Parsons, My Favourite Wife 2008 – fiction

Anything which comes up between now and the end of the year will be posted on this blog.

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