Monday, 10 November 2008

Amazon Top 100 for 2008

Amazon has posted its top 100 Editor's Picks of 2008.

They write, "It took us almost a whole year of reading to find our favorite book of 2008: Philip Hensher's The Northern Clemency, a late addition to the fall publication schedule after it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. A fat and fulfilling novel of two families in Sheffield, England, during the '70s, '80s, and '90s, The Northern Clemency inhabits the lives of more than a dozen characters with the kind of brilliant observation and imagination that reminded us of recent favorites like The Corrections, The Emperor's Children, and On Beauty."

In at number five is David Wroblewski's The Story of Edgar Sawtelle which was Oprah's recent book club pick. Twenty-Nine is The Boat by Nam Lee, who took part in the author live exchange between the Edinburgh and Melbourne book festivals earlier this year. It is closely followed at thirty-two, by Man Booker winning, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.

The first YA featured novel is Bog Child by Siobahn Dowd at thirty-six, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Prize for Fiction, but lost out to Patrick Ness and The Knife of Never Letting Go.

Perhaps the most inspirational, is Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture, at number ninety-three but ranked second in customer orders. I've still to read the book to compare it with the live lecture he delivered, but this was one of my video highlights of 2008.

More Amazon editors' picks and customer favorites in the Amazon Best of 2008 Store.

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