Every year both my book groups vote for their favourite book of the year. This year, as you can see from the list, was a very strong year with many of our books proving enjoyable and fascinating to discuss.
Often the votes are more widespread but this time most of us had been charmed by A Gentlemen in Moscow by Amor Towles .
This was a quiet book that gradually entranced you, luring you into the modest, courteous embrace of the Count Rostov during his years of incarceration in the Hotel Metropole in Moscow from 1922 through the many years of upheaval and the tumultuous changes of the various regimes and murderous politicking raging outside.
The Count’s imaginative expansion of space from his single attic room and unfailing civility endear him to the reader from the start. We also meet a wonderful cast of characters who eventually help him raise the wise child, Sofia, all within the confines of this hotel.
This novel is moving, heart-warming, charming, humorous, inventive and one of the most original books I’ve ever read. A worthy winner .
|105||Jan||Flat Share||Beth O’Leary|
|106||Feb||The Second Sleep||Robert Harris|
|107||March||The Thursday Murder Club||Richard Osman||1|
|108||April||The Strange adventures of H||Sarah Burton|
|109||May||A Gentleman in Moscow||Amor Towles||7|
|110||June||The Girl With the Louding Voice||Abi Dare||1|
|111||July||The Stars are Fire||Anita Shreve||2|
|112||August||Midnight Library||Matt Haig|
|114||October||Before My Actual Heart Breaks||Trish Delaney||1|
|115||November||The Dictionary of Lost Words||Pip William|