My best books of 2007

A Listmania! list by F. Smith "booklover" (Laois, Ireland)
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Colour Bar: The triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation
1.  Colour Bar: The triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation by Susan Williams
The list author says:
  "True story of Britian's recent colonial past. Also a great love story"
£11.43   Used & New from: £0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

American Pastoral
2.  American Pastoral by Philip Roth
The list author says:
  "First of Roth's brilliant Zuckerman trilogy. Angry polemic. Riveting."
£6.29   Used & New from: £2.20
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Independence Day (Harvill Panther)
3.  Independence Day (Harvill Panther) by Richard Ford
The list author says:
  "Ford's wonderful tale of modern America. I could not put it down."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Dead as Doornails: A Memoir
4.  Dead as Doornails: A Memoir by Anthony Cronin
The list author says:
  "Memoir of literary Dublin at its creative peak. A great read."
Used & New from: £6.39

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Walk the Blue Fields
5.  Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan
The list author says:
  "She has brought me back to the short story. Richard Ford's Favourite of 2007."
£8.59   Used & New from: £0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

The Gathering
6.  The Gathering by Anne Enright
The list author says:
  "Brilliant. Funny, Sad, - I was exhausted at the end, and in tears"
£11.58   Used & New from: £0.01
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland
7.  Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland by Gerald Clarke
The list author says:
  "Horrifying expose of Hollywood; very sympathetic warts and all biog. Really enjoyable."
£13.49   Used & New from: £0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Ava Gardner
8.  Ava Gardner by Lee Server
The list author says:
  "I loved this book and at the end, I loved the Ava even more than before."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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The Lay of the Land
9.  The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford
The list author says:
  "Great finish to Ford's seminal trilogy on modern America. A must read in the aftermath of 9-11"
£6.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

The Judgement of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
10.  The Judgement of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism by Ross King
The list author says:
  "The best Art History book I have read; great story with great characters, and it's all tru!!"
£12.99   Used & New from: £1.18
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

"Founded on Fear": Letterfrack Industrial School, War and Exile by Peter Tyrrell
11.  "Founded on Fear": Letterfrack Industrial School, War and Exile by Peter Tyrrell by Diarmuid Whelan
The list author says:
  "The best book about this dark period in recent Irish history."
Used & New from: £3.86
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Lifelines, New and Collected: Letters from Famous People About Their Favourite Poem
12.  Lifelines, New and Collected: Letters from Famous People About Their Favourite Poem by Niall MacMonagle
The list author says:
  "Buy this book if you don't own any book of poetry. Wonderful collection with a difference."
Used & New from: £0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The Leavetaking
13.  The Leavetaking by John McGahern
The list author says:
  "McGahern's fictionalised story of his own literary exile."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Le Grand Meaulnes (Classiques De Poche)
14.  Le Grand Meaulnes (Classiques De Poche) by Henri Alain-Fournier
The list author says:
  "A wonderful little book that has lingered with me. A real classic and a gem."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Amongst Women
15.  Amongst Women by John McGahern
The list author says:
  "The book that should have won the Booker Prize in 1990. A classic"
Used & New from: £0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Suite Francaise
16.  Suite Francaise by Irène Némirovsky
The list author says:
  "Enthralling story of Jewish life undercover in occupied France. A gem"
£6.36   Used & New from: £0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Promise Me
17.  Promise Me by Harlan Coben
The list author says:
  "Discovered him this year. All his books are unputdownable."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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I Married A Communist
18.  I Married A Communist by Philip Roth
The list author says:
  "2nd Zuckerman trilogy. Love, betrayal and politics in McCarthyite America. Very Angry"
£6.20   Used & New from: £0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Island of the Setting Sun: In Search of Ireland's Ancient Astronomers
19.  Island of the Setting Sun: In Search of Ireland's Ancient Astronomers by Anthony Murphy
The list author says:
  "Beautiful and unbelievable book about one of the Wonders of the World"
Used & New from: £37.95
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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All Of Us: The Collected Poems
20.  All Of Us: The Collected Poems by Raymond Carver
The list author says:
  "A treasure - all this wonderful American poet's poetry in one place. A favourite book."
£11.89   Used & New from: £7.15
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Scourge and Fire: Savonarola and Renaissance Italy
21.  Scourge and Fire: Savonarola and Renaissance Italy by Lauro Martines
The list author says:
  "What a thoroughly awful character - brilliantly brought to life. Read APRIL BLOOD also"
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3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Seminary Boy
22.  Seminary Boy by John Cornwell
The list author says:
  "Life in an English Catholic seminary-brilliantly written memoir"
£7.20   Used & New from: £0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Island Funeral
23.  Island Funeral by Muiris Mac Conghail
The list author says:
  "Wonderful photos of a funeral on the Aran Islands (Ireland) with commentary"
Used & New from: £11.40
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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The Man Who Smiled: Kurt Wallander
24.  The Man Who Smiled: Kurt Wallander by Henning Mankell
The list author says:
  "Just discovered him - I feel I'm going to like him"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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How to Get a PhD - 4th edition: A Handbook for Students and their Supervisors (Study Skills)
25.  How to Get a PhD - 4th edition: A Handbook for Students and their Supervisors (Study Skills) by Estelle Phillips
The list author says:
  "One book I have neglected this year to my COST!!"
Used & New from: £2.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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