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The Economist publishes its annual Books of the Year list

The best books of 2011, according to The Economist, were about China, Congo, Afghanistan, Mumbai’s dance bars and quantum physics, among others.

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Published: Dec 12, 2011 8:56 AM  | 2 min read
The Economist publishes its annual Books of the Year list

The best books of 2011, according to The Economist, were about China, Congo, Afghanistan, Charles Dickens, Vincent van Gogh, the ‘Flora Delanica’, Jerusalem, Mumbai’s dance bars, quantum physics, sugar, orgasms, blue nights, two moons and other people’s money.

The Economist’s annual Books of the Year list is published in this week’s issue and highlights 50 of this year’s most fêted authors and their works. The categories span politics and current affairs, economics and business, history, science and technology, culture, society and travel, fiction and poetry, all selected by The Economist editorial team.

This year’s list includes:
Pioneering psychologist Daniel Kahneman on ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’
Simon Sebag Montefiore with his biography, ‘Jerusalem’
Poet Geoffrey Hill with his latest multi-layered new collection, ‘Clavics’
Janine di Giovanni with ‘Ghosts by Daylight’
Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw with their latest scientific thinking in ‘The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen’

Fiammetta Rocco, books and arts editor at The Economist, said of the Books of the Year, “Whether it is politics, finance, history, science, culture or fiction, we look for big ideas, deep imagination and wonderful writing. The 50 books that we have chosen as our Books of the Year all break new ground and stretch the mind.”

To coincide with the Books of the Year, The Economist and Southbank Centre have launched their first ever Christmas literary weekend where six authors will talk about their work. The event took place from December 9-11, 2011 at Southbank Centre, where the authors read from and discussed their work and took part in a book signing session.

In addition, The Economist is hosting a range of debates on its Facebook page to discuss a selection of books and allow readers to put questions to the authors.

 

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