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Best Books of 2015


It's been a great year for books that have made a real impact on me. From crime to nature, there seems to have been an embarrassment of riches in 2015, as far as fabulous reads are concerned. As you know, I only post about books that I've really enjoyed and feel I can recommend to you, so anything included on my Book Corner should be considered to be on a shortlist of excellence.

But just what have been my favourite books of the year? I've split them into two distinct categories: Nature and Crime. Here's my countdown:

NATURE

CLAXTON: FIELD NOTES FROM A SMALL PLANET

By Mark Cocker

From the woodcut illustrations to the vivid language, Claxton details nature around a small Norfolk village. Read more

MEADOWLAND

By John Lewis-Stempel

I can't praise this enough. The language is gorgeous, the scenes so evocative, that you will fall in love with the countryside all over again. Grounded, realistic, stunning, this is a book I urge you to read. It's my favourite nature book for a very long time, and one I plan on reading again and again. Read more

CRIME

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

By Paula Hawkins

I read this book back in February, and the fact it has still stayed with me shows what a great read t is. Yes, it divides some people as the characters aren't likeable, but it's a brilliant read, and totally sucked me in. Read more

A LINE OF BLOOD

By Ben McPherson

Domestic noir at its best. There have been bigger hitters out this year, but I loved this intense, well-written tale of a family falling apart after the death of a neighbour. Read more

THE KIND WORTH KILLING

By Peter Swanson

Enough twists and turns to give you whiplash. You think you know what's going to happen? You don't. Right. Up. To. The End. This is my book of the year. Read more


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