That time of year

Mist, yellow leaves drifting, the scent of frost on the early morning run – it’s late November and the papers are running their books of the year sections. I read somewhere recently that many bookshops earn a quarter of their annual revenues in the few weeks before Christmas. This morning the FT had its experts’ choice, and I have not yet read all that many of them.

These are the tantalisingly unread ones that caught my eye today (from all genres):

[amazon_link id=”0465031560″ target=”_blank” ]The End of Power[/amazon_link] Moises Naim

[amazon_link id=”0297868411″ target=”_blank” ]Give and Take[/amazon_link] Adam Grant

[amazon_link id=”1408842068″ target=”_blank” ]Writing on the Wall[/amazon_link] Tom Standage

[amazon_image id=”1408842068″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Writing on the Wall: Social Media – The First 2,000 Years[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”059307047X” target=”_blank” ]The Everything Store[/amazon_link] Brad Stone

[amazon_link id=”0871404508″ target=”_blank” ]Fear Itself[/amazon_link] Ira Katznelson

[amazon_link id=”0571251285″ target=”_blank” ]The Unwinding[/amazon_link] George Packer

[amazon_link id=”0691043809″ target=”_blank” ]Prague: Capital of the 20th Century[/amazon_link] Derek Sayer

[amazon_image id=”0691043809″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century. A Surrealist History.[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”1849761221″ target=”_blank” ]Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life[/amazon_link] TJ Clark and Ann Wagner

[amazon_image id=”1849761221″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”1781681406″ target=”_blank” ]The View from the Train[/amazon_link] Patrick Keiller

[amazon_image id=”1781681406″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The View from the Train: Cities and Other Landscapes[/amazon_image]

[amazon_link id=”1848547528″ target=”_blank” ]The Broken Road[/amazon_link] Patrick Leigh Fermor

I announced the Enlightened Economist prize for 2013 – [amazon_link id=”0691155674″ target=”_blank” ]Worldly Philosopher [/amazon_link]by Jeremy Adelman – a few weeks ago. A big book but a page turner and a must for the economist in your life. For non-economists, Tim Harford’s [amazon_link id=”1408704242″ target=”_blank” ]The Undercover Economist Strikes Back[/amazon_link] is a wonderfully well written and balanced explanation of what has happened to the economy in the past few years and how economists think about it.