The Best Books I Read in 2006

A Listmania! list by Mark M (Leeds, UK)
 
Audrey Hepburn
1.  Audrey Hepburn by Barry Paris
The list author says:
  "Definitely a good read for any Audrey Hepburn fan, such as myself."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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George Bush: Dark Prince Of Love (Virago V S.)
2.  George Bush: Dark Prince Of Love (Virago V S.) by Lydia Millet
The list author says:
  "A very funny book. At first I thought it quite annoying, but once it'd clicked in my head that it was a satire, it took on a whole new life for me and it was brilliantly written"
£9.99   Used & New from: £0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
3.  The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
The list author says:
  "The story is fun, fascinating, compelling and incredibly well written."
£6.74   Used & New from: £0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)

Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World
4.  Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World by Ewan McGregor
The list author says:
  "I really enjoyed this. Both Ewan and Charley wrote in engaging styles and were honest about how they coped with the journey they undertook."
Used & New from: £0.29
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour
5.  Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour by Kate Fox
The list author says:
  "Kate Fox has definitely done her research into the subject of why the English are like they are, and the result is this entertaining, funny and at time cringe-making volume."
£6.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)

Falling Leaves Return to Their Roots: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
6.  Falling Leaves Return to Their Roots: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
The list author says:
  "You keep having to remind yourself whilst reading this that it is a true story. Some of the horrors that Adeline Yen Mah has to deal with in her life are truly scary."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

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All Points North
7.  All Points North by Simon Armitage
The list author says:
  "if you live or know West Yorkshire (the bits around Huddersfield especially), then you'll recognise many of the people, places, events and stories that Simon Armitage has collected in his life."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Ella Minnow Pea
8.  Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
The list author says:
  "Very Orwellian, neighbours reporting other neighbours to the authorities, shades of Newspeak and the desire to stamp out literature."
£7.19   Used & New from: £0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down
9.  Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down by Wifey
The list author says:
  "A fantastic book, a real labour of love, from the people who brought us www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com. They go into quite some detail about tea, biscuits, cake and sitting down - all very important!"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Number Ten
10.  Number Ten by Sue Townsend
The list author says:
  "As the book comes to its conclusion, it gets serious, interesting and has a lot to say about Britain in the early 21st century."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast (Radio 4 Book of the Week)
11.  Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast (Radio 4 Book of the Week) by Charlie Connelly
The list author says:
  "I really enjoyed this. The author made many of the things that he found on his journey seem very real through his writing."
£6.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

Deception Point
12.  Deception Point by Dan Brown
The list author says:
  "Better than The Da Vinci Code (which was good anyway).  An absolute stunner of a page-turner - Jeffrey Archer meets Capricorn One"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (382 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Sewing Circles of Herat: My Afghan Years
13.  The Sewing Circles of Herat: My Afghan Years by Christina Lamb
The list author says:
  "A fascinating book, more or less a history of Afghanistan from ancient times to today, concentrating on the rise, reign and fall of the Taliban."
£12.08   Used & New from: £0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

The Body Farm (Scarpetta Novels)
14.  The Body Farm (Scarpetta Novels) by Patricia Cornwell
The list author says:
  "A really good thriller, from the Dr Kay Scarpetta forensic science series."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Princess Bride
15.  The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The list author says:
  "The book has everything you could ever want: passion, cunning, humour, action and Inigo Montoya uttering that famous line!"
£5.59   Used & New from: £0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Servants of the People: The Inside Story of New Labour
16.  Servants of the People: The Inside Story of New Labour by Andrew Rawnsley
The list author says:
  "One of the best books I've read all year.  What happened was in parts shocking, as was the fact that the stories came out."
£12.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Cuban Heels
17.  Cuban Heels by Emily Barr
The list author says:
  "The only book ever to make me gasp whilst reading it.  The plot twist at the end of chapter 17 was staggering."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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The Secret Life of Sooty
18.  The Secret Life of Sooty by Geoff Tibballs
The list author says:
  "By reading this I've learnt so much more about Harry, Matthew and the star himself."
Used & New from: £9.62

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The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar: And Six More
19.  The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar: And Six More by Roald Dahl
The list author says:
  "Wonderful stories from a master storyteller."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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The Salmon of Doubt
20.  The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams
The list author says:
  "It may be the knowledge that there will never be anything else from him, but this may be the best book DNA ever wrote."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Porterhouse Blue
21.  Porterhouse Blue by Tom Sharpe
The list author says:
  "Incredibly funny, intelligent and wicked. A wonderful read!"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real Life Adventures in an Inner-city Ambulance
22.  Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real Life Adventures in an Inner-city Ambulance by Tom Reynolds
The list author says:
  "From his paramedic blog - it should be required reading for doctors, nurses, social workers, bad drivers and everybody else!"
£6.39   Used & New from: £0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (754 customer reviews)

The Night Listener
23.  The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin
The list author says:
  "The back cover blurb made me think the story was going to take one direction, it started to take another and then the final direction was sad and poignant."
£6.39   Used & New from: £0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

James and the Giant Peach
24.  James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The list author says:
  "Manslaughter, illegal immigration, talking to strangers and an act of terrorism, all in on book.  But as it's Roald Dahl, he gets away with it. Fantastic!"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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Flying Dutch
25.  Flying Dutch by Tom Holt
The list author says:
  "The blurb on the cover quotes SFX as saying "the best similes since Douglas Adams", and, yes, I have to agree."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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