Books of the year

Gordon Burn - Born Yesterday Another remarkable literary achievement from Burn as he re-imagines the epochal news events from the summer of 2007.

Chuck Palahniuk - Snuff A beautifully crafted yet typically grotesque portrayal of the porn industry which pulls few punches in its critique of US society.

Stona Fitch - Senseless A thought-provoking and brutal existential thriller which tackles voyeurism, cruelty and globalisation.

Annie Proulx - Fine Just the Way It Is Proulx returns to Wyoming and delves into a cast of characters both familiar and fantastic.

Ziauddin Sardar - Balti Britain A comprehensive and startling exploration into how India and Britain have shaped one another’s fates.

Paul Auster - Man in the Dark The archangel of postmodernism does his own thing with a 9/11 narrative that dreams up a different history.

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