It’s the time of year when I look back over 12 months of reading and select a top 10. This time I have two top 10s, one for the usual economics and business books – the prize contenders – and another 10 I liked a lot as a bonus for readers. The prize is a free lunch when the winner and I happen to be in the same place, and anything I read is eligible even if it was published earlier than 2023.
OK, here’s the longlist, alphabetically:
Permacrisis by Gordon Brown, Mohamed El Erian and Mike Spence
And here’s the bonus list, which I’m going to label ‘These times’ – mainly technology and history, includes some fiction:
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani
Hitler, Stalin, Mum and Dad by Daniel Finkelstein
Homelands by Timothy Garton Ash
The Last Colony by Philippe Sands
Cahokia Jazz by Francis Spufford
Finally, I have to recommend as a seasonal gift for yourself or someone else my dear husdand Rory Cellan-Jones’s memoir Ruskin Park. I’m biased but it’s had rave reviews. It’s about him growing up with his single mum in a South London council flat and his amazing family story, about his mother’s love story and the barriers talented and ambitious women like her faced in the 1950s through the 70s, and about the BBC.