The best books of 2014

Once you finish a good book it’s hard to find another that will cut the mustard. If you spend hours scanning book recommendations online, but are still unsure whether to take the plunge and treat yourself to a new book, the recent announcement of the winner of the Man Booker prize may change your mind.

Considered the world’s most important literary award, The Man Booker prize shortlists a selection of diverse and unforgettable novels, with one winner awarded with ‘Best Book of the Year’.

An expert panel of judges selected 2014’s winner of the best book of the year as Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

We’ve included the shortlist below so you can be sure you’re adding a great book to your collection.

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RICAHRD_FLANNIGANNarrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan

‘The winning novel finds one man reckoning with the truth on a Burma railway, while Joshua Ferris’ To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is a tale of life, death and dental hygiene. Ali Smith’s How to be Both tackles the versatility of art and Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a smart examination of families and the choices they make for you…’ – The Book People

WE_ARE_ALL_COMPLETELY_BESIDESWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

‘A novel full of secrets, it tells the story of college girl Rosemary, who has decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. All people know is that she’s an only child and her brother and sister disappeared. But now she’s decided to reveal all – beginning towards the end and then going back to the beginning. Twice.’ – The Book People

THE_DECENT_HOURTo Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris

‘A dazzling Joshua Ferris novel that has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is a funny and contemporary story about the meaning of life, the certainty of death – and the importance of good oral hygiene…’ – The Book People

jJ – Howard Jacobson
Longlisted for 2014’s Man Booker Prize, J is a novel to be talked about in the same breath as Nineteen Eighty Four and Brave New World, it’s thought-provoking and life-changing. It is like no other novel that the author Howard Jacobson has written.- The Book People

LIVES_OF_OTHERSThe Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee

‘Vivid, fierce, turbulent and compelling, Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others – which has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 – is a shocking and politically charged portrayal of a crumbling society, exploring the destructive secrets of a family that is decaying as the society around it fractures.’ – The Book People

HOW_TO_BE_BOTHHow to be Both – Ali Smith

‘How to Be Both is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions.’ – The Book People

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