Elizabeth Day's Favourite Reads of 2021
The popular podcaster, journalist and bestselling author of How to Fail and Failosophy, Elizabeth Day's latest engrossing book Magpie is a deliciously dark tale of motherhood, greed and obsession. We are delighted to have Day share her favourite books of 2021 with our readers and reveal which title she would most like for Christmas.
Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason
Made me laugh and cry and feel so profoundly seen. One of the most humanely beautiful (and hilarious) books I've ever read.
Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters
A comedy of manners viewed through a trans lens. Highly original, thought-provoking and funny.
Assembly by Natasha Brown
An astonishing work of concision, depth and poetry. An outrageous achievement for a debut.
The Promise by Damon Galgut
The riveting story of four deaths in one South African family, told against a backdrop of political upheaval - but what makes this novel so masterful is the prose, which leaps into different viewpoints with cinematic ease.
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
A stunning novel of supremely original imagination. Don't be put off by the fantasy tag - this book is so much more than a single genre and has a brilliantly executed twist at the end.
The book I'd most like to be given for Christmas:
The Young H. G. Wells by Claire Tomalin
Claire Tomalin is my favourite biographer and I'm desperate to get my hands on her latest, The Young H. G. Wells. I'd be thrilled to find this under the tree on Christmas Day.
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