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Our Books of the Year

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At 49th Shelf, list-making is an all-year-round concern, and a task our staff-members take very seriously. Which means that this Books of the Year list is one of the best you're going to find anywhere, expert-compiled with a mind to critically acclaimed titles that readers have loved, a mishmash of fact and fiction. And as ever, we remind you that a books list is only the beginning. Make sure you explore our site to discover more about other great books that were published this year, and all the years before it.
Martin John
Why it's on the list ...
"I wanted to find and trap that same hopelessness in the syntax and language of that passage. The escalator that never brings you anywhere you would want to be. The terminal you can never get out of. There was a time when you simply would not have been believed but I hope and pray and do feel that time has passed. We are listening now in a way it was not possible to be heard before."
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Fifteen Dogs
Why it's on the list ...
"No one has asked me 'what is the connection between happiness and power?' The question is at the heart of the novel but it’s slightly hidden, as the heart always is."
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Undermajordomo Minor
Why it's on the list ...
Utterly original, hilarious, and beautiful, Undermajordomo Minor is both a black comedy of manners and an otherworldly love story. It's deWitt's follow-up to his hugely successful The Sisters Brothers, and it does not disappoint. We completely agree with this caution from The Independent: "The challenge for the reader is to resist the temptation to devour a novel which should be savoured."
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Captive

Captive

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : suspense, literary
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Why it's on the list ...
Captive has been compared to Emma Donoghue's Room, and for good reason: the protagonist wakes to find herself confined to a small grey room and she has no idea why she’s there. The National Post calls it "short and intense ... a book well worth picking up."
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Hope Makes Love

Hope Makes Love

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged : literary
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Why it's on the list ...
From the Globe and Mail: " ... A novel of vivid emotional truths, grounded in characters so skilfully drawn they emerge as human beings captured on the page, rather than created. Zep and Hope are the unforgettable foundation for a novel that is gracious and graceful, powerful and clear-eyed, thoughtful, and full of life.”
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