A round-up of our ten most popular non-fiction posts in 2019.
‘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.
‘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.
A collection of the ten most popular fiction posts of 2019.
Mazen Maarouf on why A Thousand and One Nights is the best book of any year.
Noor Naga on why The Crocodiles by Youssef Rakha is the best book of 2013.
Lucy Ives argues that Nella Larsen – author of ‘terse, obsessively observed fiction’ – penned the best book of 1928.
‘When I was at school I used to think that everyone disliked me, and it wasn’t far from true.’
Alan Rossi on why Bad Behavior is the best book of 1988.
Chigozie Obioma on Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk, the best book of 2014.
Lucia Osborne-Crowley on why The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson is the best book of 2015.
Magogodi oaMphela Makhene on Mark Behr’s The Smell of Apples.
‘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.
Nicole Flattery on why Penelope Mortimer’s The Pumpkin Eater is the best book of 1962.
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