Top books of 2014

As we head towards the end of the year, the time of the top lists are popping up.  Top songs of 2014, top films, top cars and so on. There’s been a few top books of 2014 in recent days which we’ll share here.

Narrow road deep northThe New York Times published their top 100 books of 2014 on Wednesday with a large number of non-fiction making the grade. It’s unsurprisingly quite US-centric, but it’s nice to see the Booker Prize winning The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Aussie Richard Flanagan featured, along with several other aptly timed war themed works.


The Sydney Morning Herald, released it’s own Top Ten list on Friday. This list also highlights Flanagan, but also regulars like Peter Carey, Hilary Mantel, and a return of David Malouf, this time in a collection of poems called Earth Hour.

If you love lists, you’ll love Goodreads magazine’s lists! Goodreads provides dozens of top books for 2014 lists as voted on by their website followers and members. They break them down into genres,so have a look at theirs here.

What is your favourite book to be released this year?

Australian Author Richard Flanagan takes out Man Booker Prize 2014

Congratulations must go to Australian author, Tasmanian resident Richard Flanagan who last week was named the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize,  one of literature’s most prestigious awards, for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Australian author Richard Flanagan

Australian author Richard Flanagan

The novel draws on Richard’s father’s experience as a Prisoner of War, working as a slave labourer on the Thai-Burma Railway.

Richard’s father was part of a group of men commanded by Weary Dunlop, who endured extraordinary hardships inflicted on them by the Japanese army.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North is available to borrow at the Tea Tree Gully Library, as well as several other SA libraries. Click here to place a hold on this award winning novel.