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by Hilary Mantel
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I always assume everything that I read is fiction, even if it’s in the non-fiction section. The very notion of putting something on paper means that you are creating a narrative.
We are undoubtedly swayed by the little billboard that is the cover of every book we read.
In a normal year, I usually find only one or two books that I truly love. But this year the list of those books was happily quite long.
A last hurrah for our number one, and a new collection of essays from a master who is missed.
In our hurricane-delayed Top Ten, an anthology debuts, and one of the fall's big books leapfrogs the rest.
Bring Up the Bodies author Hilary Mantel, Ladbrokes's 6/4 favorite for this year's award, has won her second Man Booker Prize in three years.
September was a huge month for fans of literary fiction; which big literary release would end up highest on our list: This is How You Lose Her, NW, or Telegraph Avenue?
Hilary Mantel is still in the running for her second Booker, and a pair of debuts join her on the Shortlist.
A formerly self-published title is our new number one, and a literary biography is among two debuts.
Our number one stands pat, but a formerly self-published juggernaut shoots higher on our list, and our one debut has now had three different titles in our Top Ten over the years.
With the unveiling of the Booker Prize longlist, the 2012 literary Prize season is officially underway.
With four books graduating to our Half of Fame, we have a new number one, three debuts and one returning title on our list.