Best books of 2011

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Bestselling books of 2011 – commentary

This has been the year of the paperback, with old books seeing off new ones, says John Dugdale

John Dugdale

29, Dec, 2011 @9:00 AM

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The pick of paperbacks in 2011

From quirky skits to heart-breaking memoir, it's been a great year. By Nicholas Lezard

Nicholas Lezard

27, Dec, 2011 @1:30 PM

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Guardian Books podcast: 2011 in fiction

The authors of some of the year's most acclaimed books – Ali Smith, Patrick Ness and Sarah Hall – join us as we look back on some highlights of the year

Presented by Claire Armitstead and produced by Tim Maby

09, Dec, 2011 @1:51 PM

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Books for giving: quirky
From the story of New York's early-90s ballroom scene to Craig Taylor's engrossing portrait of Londoners, Will Hobson picks the year's best stocking fillers

Will Hobson

04, Dec, 2011 @12:05 AM

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Books for giving: psychology
VS Ramachandran examines empathy, evil torments autism expert Simon Baron-Cohen, and Darian Leader persists in some silly ideas… luckily, Lisa Appignanesi gives us a big hug, writes Alexander Linklater

Alexander Linklater

04, Dec, 2011 @12:05 AM

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Books for giving: art
Peter Conrad selects the best art books for 2011

Peter Conrad

04, Dec, 2011 @12:05 AM

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Books for giving: thrillers
Memory loss is the theme of two of the year's most unnerving debuts, while Tom Franklin brings real literary flair to his award-winning Mississippi crime novel, writes Alison Flood

Alison Flood

04, Dec, 2011 @12:04 AM

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Books for giving: economics
Paul Mason adds up responses to the global financial meltdown

Paul Mason

02, Dec, 2011 @10:55 PM

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Books for giving: poetry
Both new and established voices impressed Sarah Crown in 2011

Sarah Crown

02, Dec, 2011 @10:55 PM

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Books for giving: stocking fillers
Some books aren't for life – they're really just for Christmas. By Ian Sansom

Ian Sansom

02, Dec, 2011 @10:55 PM

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Books for giving: fiction
Justine Jordan finds much to admire in the novels published this year

Justine Jordan

02, Dec, 2011 @10:55 PM

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Books for giving: children's fiction and picture books
Julia Eccleshare's pick of a bumper crop, with magical monkeys, rivers, cities and robots

Julia Eccleshare

02, Dec, 2011 @10:55 PM

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