The Week magazine, 21.12.13, has pulled together the votes from newspapers’ books and records of the year and added its own to produce some best of the bests lists.
Top 8 books …
Margaret Thatcher by Charles Moore – biography.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – doorstopper novel.
The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallett – biography of Italian “poet, womaniser and warlord” Gabriele d’Annunzio.
Harvest by Jim Crace – well-written fable.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson –ingenious novel.
Penelope Fitzgerald by Hermione Lee – biography of novelist who flowered late in life.
The Son by Philipp Meyer – novel of a Texas family story.
Stoner by John Williams –novel, first published 1965, rediscovered 2013.
Top 6 records …
Daft Punk: Random Access Memories
David Bowie: The Next Day
Arctic Monkeys: AM
Halle Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder: The Apostles, by Elgar
Royal Opera House/Antonio Pappano: Il Trittico by Puccini
Elvis at Stax box set