You can’t escape those “best of” lists just now…so let’s check in with our friends across the Pond, and bring you the Guardian’s “Best of” for the books of 2013.

No surprise, topping the list are Eleanor Catton‘s The LuminariesDonna Tartt‘s The Goldfinch, and Philipp Meyer’s epic, The Son.

But the Brits bring cite some more diverse titles, including Karl Ove Knausgaard’s autobiographical A Man in Love, Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers, and Iain Banks The Quarry, published days after his death from cancer. Nostalgia was bittersweet in Roddy Doyle‘s The Guts which caught up with the music-mad hero of The Commitments, weighed down now by middle age. And The Guardian gave a shout out to one of my personal favs’ Dave Eggers The Circle.

Get the inside story before you open the front cover. Tune into my show, the Book Report.


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