- Amis, Martin — London Fields (471 pages)
- Morpurgo, Michael — War Horse (182 pages)
- Winterson, Jeanette — Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (177 pages)
- Robinson, Bruce — Paranoia in the Launderette (43 pages)
- Carter, Angela — Heroes and Villains (152 pages)
- Burroughs, Edgar Rice — A Princess of Mars (209 pages)
- Hill, Susan — The Woman in Black (152 pages)
- Fowler, Karen Joy — Sarah Canary (293 pages)
- Rennison, Nick — 100 Must-Read Prize Winning Novels (174 pages)
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100 Must-Read Prize Winning Novels is the one exception I'm allowing to my goal of reading only books by authors new to me this year. Nick Rennison is author or co-author of several of the books in the 100 Must-Read series, which you've no doubt figured out by now I like a lot, but I started reading it before I defined my goal.
Rennison restricts his list to books published since 1980 (and avoids genre prizes, as those winners would no doubt have been covered in the science fiction, fantasy, crime, and historical 100 Must-Read books), and the contemporary emphasis made me more of aware of or introduce me to books I wasn't familiar with. (That is, even though I have a fairly broad knowledge of book titles and authors, I'm more likely to be familiar with those which have stood the test of time. Thirty-two years is not much time for testing and some gems are likely to get lost amongst the sheer numbers of titles being published. This book does a great job of bringing these to my attention in addition to some of the better known contemporary examples.) As usual, the introductory essay was brilliant and the synopses for each author/book included just enough to justify its selection and provide useful information without being spoilerish.