Ho ho ho, etc. Here are my favourite books of 2014. I haven’t written too much about them here, as the book covers below link to my reviews that either appeared in The Independent on Sunday or The Big Issue magazine. Anyway, they’re all awesome. Enjoy! Dx
1. Megan Abbott, The Fever (Picador)
Just the sharpest and smartest piece of writing. A brilliant look at suburban America in general and the everyday mania of teenage girls in particular, as strange symptoms spread amongst kids at a school. I can’t tell you how much I loved this book.
2. Anneliese Mackintosh, Any Other Mouth (Freight)
A truly startling debut collection of semi-autobiographical stories that deal with grief, alcoholism, mental health issues and sexuality, but somehow Mackintosh does it all with a laugh and a huge heart.
3. Willy Vlautin, The Free (Faber)
4. Amy Poehler, Yes Please (Picador)
5. Dennis Lehane, The Drop (Abacus)
6. Laura Lippman, After I’m Gone (Faber)
7. Craig Davidson, Cataract City (Atlantic)
8. Christos Tsiolkas, Barracuda (Atlantic)
9. Joyce Carol Oates, Evil Eye (Head of Zeus)
10. Rory Flynn, Third Rail (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The only book I haven’t reviewed, as it hasn’t been published in the UK yet. A cracking dip into crime fiction by author Stona Fitch under a pseudonym, this is the darkest detective story you can imagine, dripping with disillusionment and moral ambiguity. Cracking, in other words.