Christmas reading

December 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Posted in Christmas 2010 Recommendations | Leave a comment

Dear reader, 

To celebrate Christmas is posting it’s top poetry, fiction and short story authors and books of 2010 and we invite you to share your list with us too by emailing which we will post or by leaving a comment on the blog.

If you are at a loss of what book to buy for a
book lover read over our list of top ten authors whose back catalogues combined cover a rainbow of genres from historical to magic realism and from the polemic to  romantic but all showcasing the finest literary techniques and above all that magical eye authors have for plots, stories, ideas and prose that move readers.

Best Poetry of 2010

1.       Paul Durcan ‘Life is a Dream’

2.       Seamus Heaney ‘Human Chain’

3.       Lawerence Sail ‘Songs of the Darkness Poems for Christmas’ (Lawerence has combined every poem he wrote at Christmas over the years)

4.       Edmund de Waall ‘The Hare With Amber Eyes: A hidden Inheritance’


Best Literary Fiction 2010

1.       Sebastian Barry ‘The Secret Scripture’

2.       Steven Callaghan ‘Fishing in Beirut’

3.       Paul Murray ‘Skippy Dies’

4.       Don Delillo ‘Point Omega’

5.       Damon Galgut ‘In A Strange Room’

6.       Jaspreet Singh ‘Chef’

7.       Ian McEwan ‘Solar’


Best stories 2010

1.       Gill Adamson ‘The Outlander’

2.       Jennifer Johnson ‘Truth or Fiction’

3.       Curtis Sittenfeld  ‘American Wife’

4.       Anne Tyler ‘Noah’s Compass’

5.       Walter Mosley ‘The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey’ top ten authors for avid and discerning fiction readers

1.       Walter Mosley

2.       Damon Galgut

3.       Rose Tremain

4.       Maile Meloy & Kevin Barry (for short stories)

5.       Claire Kilroy (one to watch for the future)

6.       Joan Didion

7.       Augusten Burroughs

8.       Claire Messud (only author to write a truly successful 911 novel in’s opinion)

9.       Don Delillo

10.   Steven Callaghan (only current Irish author daring to set their books abroad)

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