2021 was not the greatest year of our lives but, for avid readers, it has had some terrific highlights. Here are my selections for the best of – would love to hear which books gave you the most pleasure.
After Story – Larissa Behrendt; and Kazuo Ishiguro – Klara and the Sun
James Campbell – Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin
Best political histories
Johanna Perheentupa – Redfern: Aboriginal Activism in the 1970s; Carolyn Collins – Save our Sons: Women, Dissent and Conscription during the Vietnam War.
Henry Reynolds – Truth-Telling: History, sovereignty and the Uluru Statement
Alice Munro – Too Much Happiness.
Anne Cleves – The Darkest Evening
David Brooks – The Second Mountain: The quest for a moral life
Happy holiday reading!