What the great and the good were reading this year

A host of well-known names from the worlds of literature, business, politics and the media name their favourite books of 2016

18th December, 2016

Vanessa Ronan’s debut novel The Last Days of Summer is a thrilling, dark and utterly compelling read. I was drawn into it immediately when I read it back in April, and I find myself haunted by it, still. Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End has everything we go to this brilliant writer for: control, mastery, wit, grace, unforgettable characters and sentences of extraordinary suppleness that wind and bend and tease and dance before hitting home with...

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