The best of 2011: books
Time Out's Books editor Chris Moss picks out his favourite books and authors of the year
Fifty-two weeks means around 45 fantastic Books of the Week here at Time Out – some weeks none merit the title and in others the key book turns out to be terrible – but it’s only when you scan back through the titles that you realise it’s been a really great year for books. We’ve had new books by Anna Funder, Iain Sinclair, Ali Smith, Edna O’Brien, David Foster Wallace, John Berger, Joyce Carol Oates, Linda Grant and two by Julian Barnes. Graphic works, crime and IT analyses all continue to boom, London has inspired a couple of great novels and at least a dozen highly readable non-fiction titles, and Nicholson Baker wrote a hilariously naughty porno. So a pretty vintage year, despite the difficulties faced by bookshops, the aggressive advertising by Amazon and the other e-reader manufacturers, the recession, the jellification of the mass brain, the fucking-over of town centres and all the other socio-economic trends that scream: don’t read, just eat, tweet and watch telly. Here’s a quick-fix, one-stop round-up, so you know what to pick up off the ‘3 for 2’ tables and go looking for, on or offline, now or in the new year.