Best Books of 2007

 Read reviewDiary of a Bad Year

Diary of a Bad Year

J. M. Coetzee

All about loneliness, friendship and the possibility of love. It takes the reader from Australian democracy to Guantanamo Bay, from the meaning of dishonour to the creative truth of dreams. Author has lived in Australia since 2002...

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Arlington Park

Arlington Park

Rachel Cusk

Juliet is enraged at the victory of men over women in family life. Amanda is warding off thoughts of death with obsessive housework. Solly is confronting her own buried femininity in the person of her Italian lodger. This novel...

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 Read reviewAnonymous Lawyer

Anonymous Lawyer

Jeremy Blachman

Meet Anonymous Lawyer - corner office, granite desk, and a billable rate of $675 an hour. The summer is about to start, and he's got a new crop of law school interns who will soon sign away their lives for a six-figure salary at...

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Buying a Piece of Paris: Finding a Key to the City of Love

Buying a Piece of Paris: Finding a Key to the City of Love

Ellie Nielsen

A charming and witty love-song to the most beautiful city in the world. Written with great verve and a superb ear for language, it is a joy to read and a pleasure to dream about.

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The Damned Utd

The Damned Utd

David Peace

In 1974 the brilliant and controversial Brian Clough made perhaps his most eccentric decision: he accepted the position of Leeds United manager. A successor to Don Revie, his bitter adversary, Clough was to last just 44 days.

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Towards Another Summer

Towards Another Summer

Janet Frame

Grace is taking a break from writing a long novel and appears to be losing her grip on life in London. She feels more and more like a migratory bird as the pull of her native New Zealand makes life in England seem transitory.

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Out Stealing Horses

Out Stealing Horses

Per Petterson, Anne Born

In 1948, when he is fifteen, Trond spends a summer in the country with his father. The events - the accidental death of a child, his best friend's feelings of guilt and eventual disappearance, his father's decision to leave the...

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Courage

Courage

Maria Tumarkin

Looks for courage outside of the extremes of violence, endurance and fear, tracking it across cultural and historical divides to its less spectacular and deeper forms. This title follows courage across the age-divide to children,...

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Seven Hundred Penguins

Seven Hundred Penguins

Penguin

Features a collection of Penguin covers from Britain and around the world. This title presents a celebration of jackets that remain visually distinctive and addictive to us, from the beautiful to the garish, design classics to...

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Dodging the Bull

Dodging the Bull

Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell throws a spanner into daily lives and watches his characters pick up the pieces. From the Bali bombings to the difficulties of unorthodox sexuality in a closed-minded community, Mitchell's stories are socially aware...

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The Perfect Summer: Dancing into Shadow in 1911

The Perfect Summer: Dancing into Shadow in 1911

Juliet Nicolson

The enchanting and absorbing story of a remarkable season; defining a world on the cusp of irrevocable change

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No One Belongs Here More Than You

No One Belongs Here More Than You

Miranda July

Award-winning filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a startling, sexy, and tender collection. In these stories, July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly...

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The View From Castle Rock

The View From Castle Rock

Alice Munro

From her ancestors' view from Edinburgh's Castle Rock in the eighteenth century to her parents' thwarted ambitions in Ontario, and her own awakening in 1950s Canada, the author effortlessly weaves fact and myth to create an epic...

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