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Books of the year 2010

12.24.10 | 2 Comments

I am required, under blogospheric law and norm, to provide my top ten non-fiction, top ten fiction, and top five ‘give them a miss’ books of the year. 

They are not necessarily out this year, just read by me this year (I think).  Indeed, fiction reading has been almost exclusively looking around the shelves to see what I’ve missed over the years, and the odd classic out of the library. Non-fiction books are the ones that make me think, not necessarily the ones end up agreeing with (see esp. 1 and 5).

I am also required to link to other people so that they do theirs.  for no special reason, I’ll keep it North West:  Mil, Tom, Grace, Angela (whom I owe a drink), Chris.

My lists as follows:

Non-fiction

1.  FA Hayek, The Denationalisation of Money

2. Young Foundation, Sinking and Swimming: Understanding Britain’s Unmet Needs

3.  Richard Seymour, The Meaning of David Cameron

4.  Albert C Baugh, A History of the English Language

5. Alison Wolf (Centre Forum), More Than We Bargained For: The social and economic costs of national wage bargaining

6. Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism

7.  John Authers, The Fearful Rise of Markets

8. Ian Mikardo, Backbencher

9. Chakravarti Ram-Prasad, Eastern Philosophy

10. Andrew Gamble, The Spectre at the Feast: Capitalist Crisis and the Politics of Recession

Fiction

1.  Arthur Waley (translator), One Hundred and Seventy Chinese Poems

2. Stieg Larson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

3.  Paul Scott, Staying On

4.  Bernard Schlink, The Reader

5. Homer, The Iliad

6. Alain Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes (re-read)

7. Nirmal Verma, The Crows of Deliverance

8. Monika Maron, Silent Close No.6

9. Ellen Wilkinson, Clash

10. Thomas Mann, Death in Venice (re-read)

Five you might want to give a miss

1.  Phillip Blond, Red Tory

2.  Paul Richards, Labour’s Revival (didn’t make it to the end)

3.  Neal Lawson, All Consuming (actually, that might have been last year but it still haunts me)

4.  George Soros, The Crash of 2008 and what it means

5.  Can’t think of anything else off-hand

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