Book Of the Year

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 .

  2021     Votes 
105Jan  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   
 111 July  The Stars are Fire    Anita Shreve   2
 112 August  Midnight Library    Matt Haig   
 113 September  Mini meeting   
 114 October   Before My Actual Heart Breaks  Trish Delaney  
 115 November   The Dictionary of Lost Words Pip William 
 116 December   Briard  Steve Bradshaw 

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