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Top Reads 2019 | Non-Fiction
A round-up of our ten most popular non-fiction posts in 2019.
Goat-Herd Errant: Jim Corbett and the American borderlands
‘The book is a manifesto for the revival of pastoral nomadism – leading goats from pasture to pasture and surviving on their milk and wild plants.’ William Atkins on Jim Corbett’s Goatwalking.
Best Book of 1987: The Door
‘Szabó offers a veneration of the rituals of the everyday, for how pride in what we do, in how we give to others, can elevate us.’ Hannah Williams on The Door by Magda Szabó, the best book of 1987.
Best Book of Any Year: A Thousand and One Nights
Mazen Maarouf on why A Thousand and One Nights is the best book of any year.
Best Book of 2013:
Noor Naga on why The Crocodiles by Youssef Rakha is the best book of 2013.
Best Book of 1928: Quicksand
Lucy Ives argues that Nella Larsen – author of ‘terse, obsessively observed fiction’ – penned the best book of 1928.
Best Book of 1988:
Alan Rossi on why Bad Behavior is the best book of 1988.
Best Book of 2014: H is for Hawk
Chigozie Obioma on Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk, the best book of 2014.
Best book of 2015: The Argonauts
Lucia Osborne-Crowley on why The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson is the best book of 2015.
Best Book of 1993: The Smell of Apples
Magogodi oaMphela Makhene on Mark Behr’s The Smell of Apples.
Best Book of 1963: The Group
‘Cigarettes, lorgnons, eggs benedict, cocktails mixed with maple syrup, long spills down Lanvin suits.’ Julia Armfield on why Mary McCarthy’s The Group is the best book of 1963.
Best book of 1962: The Pumpkin Eater
Nicole Flattery on why Penelope Mortimer’s The Pumpkin Eater is the best book of 1962.
Best Book of 1952: The Palm-Wine Drinkard
Sandra Newman on why Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard is the best book of 1952.