BOOKS & CDs OF 2013 – THE POLL OF POLLS

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

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