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The Best Books I Read in 2007

Mark M
 
Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams
Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams
"As Simon Jones says on the cover, M J Simpson knows/knew more about Douglas Adams than Douglas Adams did."
Mind the Gaffe: The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English
Mind the Gaffe: The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English
"A really good and usable style guide to the English language."
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Puffin Fiction)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Puffin Fiction)
"The classic tale of Good versus Evil.  With added chocolate and small singing people!"
Esio Trot (Puffin Fiction)
Esio Trot (Puffin Fiction)
"Fifty-seven wonderful pages, a really clever and well-told story."
Matilda
Matilda
"It was the first time I'd read this, and I absolutely adored it, I so wish I'd read it when I was younger. Roald Dahl was a genius, through his writing you care about Matilda and what happens to her."
Born On a Blue Day
Born On a Blue Day
"Daniel's story as an autistic savant is made compelling by his almost unique level of self-awareness.  His story is compelling and inspiring."
The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me
The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me
"I really enjoyed this little book, a fun and magical story."
Surfing on the Internet: A Net-Head's Adventures On-Line
Surfing on the Internet: A Net-Head's Adventures On-Line
"Written in what seems like another age, but in reality only 13 years ago, the Internet before it become the thing we know today: IRC, Usenet, MOOs and MUSHs"
Uxbridge English Dictionary (I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue)
Uxbridge English Dictionary (I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue)
"Did you know that a hoarding is a prostitute's microwave, or a homophone is someone who doesn't like 'The Simpsons'?  You do now!"
Silly Cow - A Comedy (Acting Edition)
Silly Cow - A Comedy (Acting Edition)
"An excellent play, a satire on the world of meeja and celebrity.  It would have been good to see this on the stage, or perhaps a TV adaptation."
Far from the Sodding Crowd: More Uncommonly British Days Out
Far from the Sodding Crowd: More Uncommonly British Days Out
"Just as good as the first book, crammed full of interesting places to go to in the UK"
The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco
The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco
"Fast-paced, drug-fuelled, funny, tender and caring."
First Among Sequels: Thursday Next Book 5
First Among Sequels: Thursday Next Book 5
"The best book I've read for a couple of years.  If nothing else, Jasper Fforde's love of proper nouns is amazing - read it and you'll see what I mean!"
Vince and Joy
Vince and Joy
"An absolutely cracking page-turner of a book.  Chick-lit at its best."
A Spot of Bother
A Spot of Bother
"I can only compare it to Haddon's first book ('The Curious Incident...'): not as good as that, but still an excellent book with an interesting tale"
Take One Young Man
Take One Young Man
"An interesting take on the chick-lit/lad-lit genre.  Excellent, with enough changes to make it more than just a generic example of the genres."
Tales of the Unexpected
Tales of the Unexpected
"A delectably evil, disturbing and fantastic (in both senses of the word) book."
Radio: A True Love Story
Radio: A True Love Story
"I used to be a radio anorak (I once helped run a radio station with Libby Purves' brother) and so found her description of her time in BBC local radio and the 'Today' programme really interesting"
Vicky Angel
Vicky Angel
"I know I'm a soppy sod, but I cried at least twice reading this. Absolutely brilliant."
Out of my Depth
Out of my Depth
"Absolutely page-turningly, staying-up-till-I-get-it-finishedly brilliant. One of the best books I've read in a very long time."
The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: The Full Final Report of the National ... on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: The Full Final Report of the National ... on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
"Even though it's written by politicans and lawyers, it's a really accessible read."
Bronwen Astor: Her Life and Times
Bronwen Astor: Her Life and Times
"It was a fascinating story of a woman with many different aspects to her life: Parisian fashion model, BBC television presenter and wife of an aristocrat caught up in the Profumo scandal."
The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl
The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl
"How she writes her story is wonderful, with humour and pathos. Each page spoke to me, mirroring how I've felt over the last 3 years as I've lost 4 stone and over the previous decade hating my body."