Best books 2017 Reviewed by Australian Media – 3

Happy 2018!

In this post we continue to present you some good reads by authors internationally and reviewed by Australians media


George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo (Man Booker winner 2017). It’s the first full-length novel by the American writer, who knocked out everyone with his short-story collection Tenth of December. This was reviewed by many critics.

The Mirror and the Light (HarperCollins), the third and final instalment of Hilary Mantel’s Tudor trilogy, in which Thomas Cromwell will meet his fate.

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster who created a boy by DNA becomes 4 boys.

Carve the mark by Veronica Roth, Into the water by Paula Hawkins and Origin by Dan Brown all are on the bestseller list.

While the Hogarth series in which the Bard’s plays are reimagined by well-known writers, such as English writer Edward St Aubyn has called his new novel King Lear; some re imaged Greek mythology. The house of names by Colm Toibin, and Bright air black by David Vann, Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire is re work of Sophocles’ Antigone.

The Heart’s invisible furies by John Boyne

The 7th function of language by Laurent Binet (French)

Pond (debut) by Claire-Louise Bennett

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

Men Without Women (short stories) by Haruki Murakami

My Struggle (fictional bio) by Karl Ove Knausgaard ( Norwegian)

The World Made Straight by Ron rash

Darke (debut novel) by Rick Gekoski

City of Friends by Joanna Trollope

Difficult Women (short story) by Roxane Gay

I Hate the Internet by Jarett Kobek

Breaking Cover by Stella Rimington (former MI5 chief)

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Winter by Ali Smith

Some Tests by Wayne Macauley

The Forensic Record Society by Magnus Mills

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

A Life of Adventure and Delight by Akhil Sharma

The Parcel by Anosh Irani

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott


Simon Leys: Navigator Between Worlds by Philippe Paquet

How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb

October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Mieville

The Littlehampton Libels: A Miscarriage of Justice and a Mystery about Words in 1920s England by Chris Hilliard

Home by John Freeman (ed)

The Town by Shaun Prescott

Belladonna by Dasa Drndic

Euphoria by Heinz Helle

The Country Road: Stories by Regina Ullmann

The End of Eddy by Édouard Louis

Red or Dead by David Peace

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

Between Them: Remembering My Parents (Biography) by Richard Ford (Pulitzer prize-winner)

Stranger in the woods (ANF) by Michael Finkel

The Dog’s Last Walk (essays) by Howard Jacobson

The Pleasures of Leisure by Robert Dessaix

Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess by Jane Hoffman

Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight

Eat Me: A Natural and Unnatural History of Cannibalism by Bill Schutt

Heart: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Important Organ by Johannes Hinrich von Borstel

River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks

Sex After Sixty by Marie de Hennezel

Are You Smarter than a Chimpanzee? by Ben Ambridge

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-61 by Nicolas Reynold

The Tar Baby: A Global History by Bryan Wagner

Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Call of the Reed Warbler: A new agriculture – a new earth by Charles Massy

Like Nothing on this Earth: A literary history of the wheatbelt by Tony Hughes-d’Aeth

Trouble: On trial in Central Australia by Kieran Finnane

October: The story of the Russian Revolution by China Miéville

As The Lonely Fly by Sarah Dowse

The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the friendship that shaped modern thought by Dennis C. Rasmussen

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

Nick Cave: Mercy on me by Reinhard Kleist

White Trash: The 400-year untold history of class in America by Nancy Isenberg

No End of a Lesson: Australia’s unified system of higher education by Stuart Macintyre, André Brett, and Gwylim Croucher

Seas and Trees by Vahni Capildeo

Adult Fantasy by Briohny Doyle

Age of Anger: A history of the present by Pankaj Mishra

Equipment for Living: On poetry and pop music by Michael Robbins

Ordinary Jews: Choice and survival during the Holocaust by Evgeny Finkel

Deaf in the USSR: Marginality, community, and Soviet identity, 1917–1991 by Claire L. Shaw

The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich

Testosterone Rex by Cordelia Fine

An Odyssey: a father, a son, and an epic by Daniel Mendelsohn

Falling Awake by Alice Oswald

Blind Spot by Teju Cole

Staying With The Trouble: Making kin in the Chthulucene by Donna Haraway

The Call of The Reed Warbler by Charles Massy

Crossing the Line: Australia’s secret history in the Timor Sea by Kim McGrath

The Australian Bird Guide by Peter Menkhorst

These Possible Lives by Fleur Jaeggy

I Am the Brother of XX by Fleur Jaeggy

The Sarah Book by Scott McClanahan

Little Book on Form: An exploration into the formal imagination of poetry by Robert Hass

Civil Wars: A history in ideas by David Armitage

Fibrils by Michel Leiris

Technicians of the Sacred by Jerome Rothenberg

Being Here: The life of Paula Modersohn-Becker by Marie Darrieussecq (French)

The Dangers of Truffle Hunting by Sunni Overland

No Way But This by Jeff Sparrow

Breaking the Mould: Taking a Hammer to Sexism in Sport by Angela Pippos

Late Essays 2006-17 by J.M. Coetzee

Who Rules the World by Noam Chomsky

The Better Angels of our Nature by Steven Pinker

Affirmation of Poetry by Judith Balso

Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea by Teffi

Field-Russia: spare like a black twig in snow by Gennady Aygi

Free Women, Free Men by Camille Paglia

Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford