Continuing on the year end list theme, Simon Callow in The Guardian hails Bruce Benderson's "harrowingly autobiographical" The Romanian, "one of the most devastating and unsparing accounts of amour fou I have ever read, providing at the same time an extraordinary glimpse into Romania's past and present."
Meanwhile, over in the New Statesman's list our good friend Sukhdev Sandhu pays tribute to Brandon Stosuy's affectionate "tear-inducing, pumped-fist-raising tribute to the downtown literary scene that flourished in the two decades before Giuliani turned Manhattan into a mausoleum." Up Is Up But So Is Down (which also features, appropriately, Bruce Benderson). In the same list, Tom Hodgkinson of Idler fame lauds our own George Berger's Crass: The Biography, which "gives a good account of the bohemian household that produced the influential anarchist punk band as well as a series of avant-garde artistic projects."
(Picture: Bruce Benderson.)