Monday, December 6, 2010
Favourite Reads of 2010: Maylin's Picks. . .
Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War by David Haycock. A wonderful study of painters Dora Carrington, Mark Gertler, Paul Nash, Richard Nevinson and Stanley Spencer and how the First World War impacted on their lives and work.
Fame by Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Carol Janeway. The perfect hilarious antidote if you are tired of being bombarded by narcissistic social media.
Your Face Tomorrow Trilogy by Javier Marias, translated by Margaret Jull Costa. Part spy story, part love obsession, this was a fully engrossing, all absorbing read. I loved his style and circular narratives and this is definitely a work that can be read over and over again.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. Glorious storytelling by one of my favourite writers. Still think it should have won the Booker.
The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O'Hagan. Dogs should narrate more novels when they are this astute, witty and clever. The Russian bedbugs also had me in stitches.
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman. A warm and very funny look at the lives of several oddball characters working on an English newspaper in Rome.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. I don't read as much children's literature as I should, given that it's such a rich field, but I just loved the characters and inventiveness of this Newbery Award winner.