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That Was the Year That Was: Books

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In 2011 we reviewed:

Fiction:
Andrej Blatnik’s You Do Understand
Dawn Raffel’s Further Adventures in the Restless Universe
Julian Barnes’ Pulse
Michael Peverett’s The Littlest Feeling
Brandon Tietz’s Out of Touch
Charlie Caselton’s Meanwhile Gardens: An Urban Adventure
Daniel Kramb’s Dark Times
Dan Vyleta’s The Quiet Twin
Carl Hiaasen’s Star Island
Richard Kalich’s Penthouse F
Joseph McElroy’s Night Soul and Other Stories
Sam Leith’s The Coincidence Engine
Nina-Marie Gardner’s Sherry & Narcotics
Gary Indiana’s Last Seen Entering the Biltmore: Plays, Short Fiction, Poems 1975-2010
Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad
Oliver Rohe’s Vacant Lot
Best European Fiction 2011
Edward St Aubyn’s At Last
Michael Crummey’s Galore
Jayne Joso’s Perfect Architect
Blake Butler’s There is No Year
Jenn Ashworth’s Cold Light
Édouard Levé’s Suicide
Emma Jane Unsworth’s Hungry, the Stars and Everything
Patrik Ouředník’s The Opportune Moment, 1855
Marc-Edouard Nabe’s L’Homme qui arrêta d’écrire
Alan Hollinghurst’s The Stranger’s Child
Ben Brooks’ Grow Up
Ivo Stourton’s The Book Lover’s Tale
Teju Cole’s Open City
A.L. Kennedy’s The Blue Book
Lars Iyer’s Spurious (3:AM Novel of the Year 2011)
Juan Pablo Villalobos’ Down the Rabbit Hole (3:AM Publisher of the Year 2011)
Enrique Vila-Matas’ Never Any End to Paris
Paul Kavanagh’s The Killing of a Bank Manager
Benjamin Markovits’ Childish Loves
Tiff Holland’s Betty Superman
Frank Kill’s Crimes in Southern Indiana
Gerald Kersh’s The Angel and the Cuckoo
Marc Saporta’s Composition No. 1
Gavin James Bower’s Made in Britain
Gary Lutz’s Divorcer
John Holten’s The Readymades
Johan Harstad’s Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?
Joshua Mohr’s Damascus
New Cross-Fucked Musings on a Manic Reality
J.M. Coetzee’s Scenes from Provincial Life
Andrzej Stasiuk’s Dukla
Simon Blumenfeld’s Jew Boy
Terry Taylor’s Baron’s Court, All Change
Colin Wilson’s Adrift in Soho
Laura Del-Rivo’s The Furnished Room

Poetry:
Jeff Hilson’s In The Assarts
Paul Stubbs’ Ex Nihilo
Eighteens
Eileen Myles’ Inferno (A Poet’s Novel)
James Davies’ Plants
Will Stone’s Drawing in Ash (3:AM Poetry Book of the Year 2011)
Maureen Seaton & Samuel Ace’s Stealth
Andrew Spragg’s the fleetingest
David Berridge’s BLACK GARDENS
Nathan Thompson’s Questions for Painters
Sean Lovelace’s Fog Gorgeous Stag
nick-e melville’s Stuff
James Mclaughlin’s Aeido
Megan Boyle’s selected unpublished blog posts of a mexican panda express employee


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Non-fiction:
Simon Morris’ Getting Inside Jack Kerouac’s Head
Lawrence Rinder & Colter Jacobsen’s Tuleyome
Daniel Harris’ On the Road: A Journey Through A Season
Ken Worpole’s Dockers and Detectives
Nicholas Shaxson’s Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World
Darin Strauss’ Half a Life
Paul Farley & Michael Symmons Roberts’ Edgelands: Journeys into England’s True Wilderness
Stéphane Hessel’s Time for Outrage!
Laurie Penny’s Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism
Richard Lloyd Parry’s People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman
Gérard Garouste’s A Life of Disquiet: Self-portrait of an Artist, a Son, a Madman
Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
Bruce Benderson’s Transhumain
Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009
Erik M. Conway’s Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
John Berger’s Bento’s Sketchbook
Owen Jones’s Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class
Edward S. Robinson’s Shift Linguals: Cut-up Narratives from William S. Burroughs to the Present
Christopher Hitchens’ Hitch-22
Owen Hatherley’s Uncommon
Roland Barthes’ The Preparation of the Novel
Iain Sinclair’s Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project
Gay Talese’s Frank Sinatra Has a Cold: And Other Essays
Luke Haines’ Post Everything: Outsider Rock and Roll
Fredric Jameson’s Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One
Clare Solomon & Tania Palmieri’s Springtime: The New Student Rebellions
Gavin Knight’s Hood Rat
Masha Tupitsyn’s Laconia: 1,200 Tweets on Film
Matthew J. Goodwin’s New British Fascism: Rise of the British National Party
Stephen Duncombe & Maxwell Tremblay’s White Riot: Punk and the Politics of Race
Barry Miles’ In The Seventies
McKenzie Wark’s The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International
Edouard Machery’s Doing Without Concepts
Roy Wilkinson’s Do It For Your Mum
Eric Schwitzgebel’s Perplexities of Consciousness
Sebastian Groes’ The Making of London: London in Contemporary Literature
Joan Didion’s Blue Nights
Emrys Westacott’s Virtue of Vices
Charles Fourier’s The Hierarchies of Cuckoldry and Bankruptcy
Alex Rosenberg’s The Atheist’s Guide to Reality

First posted: Monday, January 2nd, 2012.

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