Why Top Seven? Well, largely because I’ve let this blog take over my reading journal where I used to score out of 10. I haven’t made a practice of doing this here, and so it’s not quite so easy to sort out the ‘very good’ s from the ‘bloody brilliant’ s. Also, I now no longer draw a distinction between the reading I’m doing for my thesis and my leisure reading, and that makes it harder to decide a ‘best’ compared with a ‘very useful to me in my thinking at this stage’ book. So, subject to all these caveats, seven it is- with links to my reviews.
1. Richard Holmes Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer
2. Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall
3. Anne Fadiman Ex Libris
4. Edward P Jones The Known World
5. Richard Yates Revolutionary Road
6. Tom Griffiths Hunters and Collectors
7. Ruth Park The Harp in the South Trilogy