It’s that time of year again, when I don’t recommend books for Christmas. I’ve always believed that decisions about what books to buy are intensely personal. So, what follows is a list (linked to the review) of the best books I read in 2017. But I’m not recommending them. I think.
The first group includes the categories of mystery; art, literature and criticism; and fiction. Next week I’ll have history and biography; life, culture, and faith; and poetry.
Books that I would include in these categories but for which I haven’t published reviews yet include East End Vernacular: The Artists Who Painted London’s East End, published by Spitalfields Life; Heads or Tails, a mystery by Damien Boyd; and Ink, a play by James Graham.
Art, Literature, and Criticism
Everything to Nothing: The Poetry of the Great War, Revolution, and the Transformation of Europe by Geert Buelens.
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