Perusing THE ECONOMIST’S Best Books of the Year 2009

Books self is interested in reading after perusing The Economist’s Books of the Year 2009:

Politics and Current Affairs

Biography and memoirs

  • The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham, by Selina Hastings, about “one of the finest short-story stylists Britain has ever produced”
  • Constable in Love:  Love, Landscape, Money and the Making of a Great Painter, by Martin Gayford, about how “John Constable, disapproved of by his wife’s relatives, his own family and his painting peers, was buoyed by the support of his wife, Maria Bicknell, and triumphed in the end”
  • William Golding:  The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies, by John Carey, “the first authorised biography”

History

Science and technology

Culture and society

Fiction

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