Some of our favourite books of 2012

In Book Review, Miscellaneous on November 24, 2012 at 10:36 pm

2012 was a great year for books. Here are some of our favourites:

We love this bewitching tale of heart break and hope. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on making a fresh start in the raw Alaskan wilderness. In a moment of tenderness, the pair build a snowman – or rather a snow girl – together. The next morning, all trace of her has disappeared. But Jack can’t shake the notion that he glimpsed a small figure running in the trees in the dawn light.



A wonderful, warm novel from a new American voice. Most young men at Westish College know that their 4 years on the baseball diamond are all they have left. Only Henry Skrimshander seems to have a chance of keeping his dream alive. That is, until a routine throw goes astray. 5 lives brought together at Westish are forever changed by Henry’s single error.



Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 – this is a breathtakingly original rendering of the Trojan War – a devastating love story and a tale of gods and kings, immortal fame and the human heart.




The sort of book that you want to spend the whole day reading. D-Day, 6 June 1944, the turning point of the Second World War, was a victory of arms. But it was also a triumph for a different kind of operation: one of deceit, aimed at convincing the Nazis that Calais and Norway, not Normandy, were the targets of the 150,000-strong invasion force.




Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012. When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else’s life.



This has been a bestseller across Sweden and the rest of Europe and now readers in the UK can find out why. It starts on the 100th birthday of Allan Karlsson: a special party is planned in his old people’s home, but Allan decides he’s not going to be there. He climbs out of the window in his slippers and makes his getaway. It’s the start of a picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we also learn more about Allan’s rather remarkable life. Definitely one to watch.



Tamia Challey is horrified when her husband, Scott, is accused of something terrible – but when she discovers who his accuser is, everything goes into freefall. Backed into a corner and unsure what to think, Tamia is forced to choose whom she instinctively believes.




Summer, 1584. The Protestant Prince William of Orange has been assassinated by a fanatical Catholic, and there are whispers that Queen Elizabeth will be next. Fear haunts the streets of London, and plague is driving citizens away. Giordano Bruno, philosopher and spy, chooses to remain, and finds that someone is following him.




Inspired by his father’s lifelong devotion to Newcastle United, Duncan Hamilton charts the progress of postwar British football to the present day. But at the heart of the book is his exploration of the bond between father and son through the Beautiful Game and how football became the only connection between two people who were totally different from one another.



Be sure to borrow these from Brent Libraries.


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