I think I can say that 2019 was my best year for books in a very long time. Maybe my best ever. I certainly went to town on non-fiction this year.
Tough choice for best non-fiction book this year. But, I think I’d plump for Hannibal by Ernle Bradford. A relatively short book but absolutely superb read. Whilst Hannibal’s generalship shines through, I did quietly admire the shear bloody mindedness of the Romans. They just never gave up.
Fiction wise the year was pretty good. Best of all was gorging on the Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski. I’ve deliberately kept the last two in the series for nice long holiday in the sun somewhere. I’m going to savour them like a vintage wine.
An honorable mention also goes to Frost at Christmas. A very good read, probably the best detective novel I’ve read so far. And there’s plenty more where that came from too.
Brown, Pete: Miracle Brew: Hops, Barley, Water, Yeast and the Nature of Beer (non-fiction)
Chalk, Titus: Generation Decks: The Unofficial History of Gaming Phenomenon Magic The Gathering (non-fiction)
Bradford, Ernle: Hannibal (non-fiction)
Pryor, Francis: The Lifers' Club
Sapkowski, Andrzej: Blood of Elves (The Witcher, #1)
Daglish, Ian: Operation Goodwood (non-fiction)
Martin, John: A Raid Over Berlin (non-fiction)
Doctorow, Cory: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
Hendry, Stephen: Me and the Table - My Autobiography (non-fiction)
Krakauer, Jon: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster (non-fiction)
Thorn, Tracey: Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star (non-fiction)
Skinner, Frank: Frank Skinner Autobiography (non-fiction)
Sapkowski, Andrzej: The Time of Contempt (The Witcher, #2)
Sapkowski, Andrzej: Baptism of Fire (The Witcher, #3)
Faust, Wolfgang: Tiger Tracks - The Classic Panzer Memoir (non-fiction)
Wingfield, R.D.: Frost at Christmas (Inspector Frost, #1)
Johnson, Alan: The Long and Winding Road (non-fiction)