Our books of the year part one – (HD)

Just a list and no annotations because I could go on forever about every single one of these. And since I read several books this year that were published earlier than 2017 but which nonetheless affected me in ways worth noticing I’ve done a separate list for those too. It’s quite a mixed bag; mainly fiction but with a few hard-hitting memoirs, and there’s lots of publishing from the independents as well as some big guns and, of course, a few of what I thought were the most interesting of the translations, including my four top choices for books of the year. HD

So, from the titles published in 2017, my books of the year are:

1 Compass by Mathias Énard, trans: Charlotte Mandel (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

2 Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan, trans: George Miller (Bloomsbury Publishing)

The World Goes On by László Krasznahorkai, trans:‎ Ottilie Mulzet,‎ George Szirtes ‎ John Batki (New Directions)

4 Atlantic Hotel by Joao Gilberto Noll, trans: Adam Morris (Two Lines Press)

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (Macmillan)

6 How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell (Ebury Press)

7 Never Enough: A Way Through Addiction by Barney Hoskyns (Constable)

8 First Love by Gwendoline Riley (Granta)

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton)

10 Joan: The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor by Simon Fenwick (Macmillan)

And from earlier but first read in 2017 and just as deserving of inclusion in any ‘best of’ are:

1 The Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St Aubyn (Picador, 2016)

2 Conrad Noel and the Thaxted Movement by Reg Groves (Merlin Press, 1967)

3 Transit by Rachel Cusk (Jonathan Cape, 2016)

4 In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté (M.D) (Random House Canada, 2013)

5 Like You’d Understand, Anyway by Jim Shepard (Potter Style, 2007)

6 Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald, trans: Anthea Bell (Hamish Hamilton, 2001)

A Man in Love: My Struggle Book 2 by Karl Ove Knausgaard, trans: Don Bartlett  (Archipelago Books, 2013)

Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy by Savannah Knoop (Seven Stories Press, 2008)

The Girls by Emma Cline (Chatto and Windus, 2016)

10 Edge of the Orison: In the Traces of John Clare’s ‘Journey Out of Essex’ by Iain Sinclair (Hamish Hamilton, 2005)

Kris’s books of the year are here