Observer books of the year 2012

 
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Joy

By Jonathan Lee

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Published 07-Jun-2012


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On an ordinary Friday afternoon in the office, talented young lawyer Joy Stephens plummets forty feet onto a marble floor. In the shadow of this baffling event, the lives of those closest to her begin to collide and change in unexpected ways.


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At Last

By Edward St Aubyn

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Published 06-Apr-2012


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'At once epic and intimate, appalling and comic, the Melrose novels are masterpieces' Maggie O'Farrell


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Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

By Maria Semple

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Published 07-Jun-2012


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An irresistibly funny, brilliantly original coming-of-age novel


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History of Opera

By Carolyn Abbate

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Published 01-Nov-2012


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Opera paints the human passions with astonishing power and drama. This book tells the history of opera for more than a generation provokes in-depth discussions of many works by the greatest opera composers, from Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart, to Verdi and Wagner, to Strauss, Puccini, Berg, and Britten.


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Big Music

By Kirsty Gunn

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Published 05-Jul-2012


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John Sutherland of The Grey House, is dying and creating in the last days of his life a musical composition that will define it. Yet he has little idea of how his tune will echo or play out into the world.


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Maggot Moon

By Sally Gardner

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Published 30-Aug-2012


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Friendship and trust inspire Standish to rise up against an oppressive regime and expose the truth about a planned moon landing in this utterly original and spell-binding tale.


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Old Ways

By Robert Macfarlane

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Published 07-Jun-2012


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Written by a nature writer who was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize 2012, this title offers an exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep and tell, of pilgrimage and ritual, and of songlines and their singers.


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Theology of Rowan Williams

By Benjamin Myers

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Published 02-Feb-2012


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The work of Rowan Williams - one of the most fascinating theologians and most controversial church leaders - is virtually without parallel for its extraordinary diversity and complexity. This book argues that the complex body of Williams' work is held together by a theological construal of Christian language and of the church's founding event.


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Book of Barely Imagined Beings

By Caspar Henderson

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Published 04-Oct-2012


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An entrancing and entertaining A-Z of the world's oddest and most far-fetched creatures - a bestiary for the 21st century.


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Constellation of Genius

By Kevin Jackson

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Published 04-Oct-2012


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Ezra Pound referred to 1922 as Year One of a new era. It was the year in which a skinny, shabby Irishman and a natty, quietly sinister American entered cultural landscape, hell-bent on exploding everything that realistic fiction and Georgian poetry held dear.


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