The highlights of the literary year. Stick them on your Christmas wish listMore
If you want an easy read pick up a Harry Potter. If you want writing that dazzles, challenges, befuddles and scintillates, pick up Esquire contributing editor Will Self's novel-cum-stream of consciousness, loosely based on the true story of US sailors torpedoed in the Pacific and left for shark bait.
Having given us a glimpse into the collective mind through the drudgery of office life in Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris gives us an existential crisis in a dentist's office, with a bit of contemporary identity theft thrown in for free, in this Booker-shortlisted novel.