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Check out the full Top 50 books as selected by our editors, plus customer favourites and top sellers.

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Amazon Rising Stars 2011

Into the Darkest Corner
Before I Go to Sleep
Wall of Days

With Amazon Rising Stars we aim to bring you the best debut novels of the year. Check out our winner for 2011, Elizabeth Haynes', Into the Darkest Corner, as well as finalists Before I Go to Sleep and Wall of Days.

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The Girl
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Best Books of 2011

Over the past year we've read new release after new release, scoured customer reviews and made note of which books we most loved in anticipation of this moment. After thoughtful consideration and lengthy debate, we are pleased to present our Top 50 editors' picks for the Best Books of 2011.
1. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Into the Darkest Corner Elizabeth Haynes' debut about the darker side of relationships and friendships has been a huge hit with customers and editors alike, making this compelling and chilling read our Amazon Rising Star--and Best Book of the Year. When Catherine meets Lee he seems almost too perfect to be true. But there is a dark side to him and his erratic behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated and plans her escape from his control. Four years later, struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine realises she may still not be safe from harm. Haynes's treatment of the subject of domestic violence is powerfully understated and she brilliantly evokes the debilitating effects of OCD on her main character.
Paperback ( £5.59) | Kindle Edition ( £2.99) | Learn more about Elizabeth Haynes
2. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
A Visit From the Goon Squad This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel hit UK shores this year following its US release in 2010. Jennifer Egan's novel circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Egan weaves the details of their past and secret lives together in what is something between a novel and a collection of short stories. She makes the reading experience original and surprising, and this is altogether an accomplished work.
Paperback ( £6.74) | Kindle Edition ( £5.69) | More from Jennifer Egan
3. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
A Dance With Dragons George R. R. Martin pulls no punches in A Dance With Dragons. Although we are reunited with many favourite characters including Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, Martin illustrates over the course of the novel that waging peace is just as difficult as waging war--and brings its own casualties. Martin's writing has improved in leaps and bounds since 2006's A Feast For Crows, with the truly horrific "Reek" chapters a particular standout, and the thrilling, dizzying climax will leave readers desperate for The Winds of Winter.
Hardcover ( ) | Kindle Edition ( £13.54) | More from George R. R. Martin
4. Baking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale
Baking Made Easy 2011 has been the year of Lorraine Pascale when it comes to the kitchen. The supermodel turned patisserie chef is back in the bestseller lists with her new book, Home Cooking Made Easy, but it all started with Baking Made Easy. This collection of 100 mouth-watering recipes, designed to accompany her TV series, helped rekindle our love of baking this year. Check out Baking Made Easy for every kind of baked goody--including breads, cakes, tarts, pies and more.
Hardcover ( £9.00) | Kindle Edition ( £2.99) | More from Lorraine Pascale
5. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Between Shades of GrayBased on first-hand family accounts and memories from survivors, Ruta Sepetys's first novel tells of the forcible relocation of countless Lithuanians when the Russians invaded their country in 1939. Fifteen-year-old Lena and her family are forced onto a crowded train car heading north to a work camp. Theirs is a long and harrowing journey that spans years and covers 6,500 miles, that requires incredible strength, love and hope to survive. Beautifully written and deeply felt, Between Shades of Gray is an important book for young readers that will capture your heart.
Paperback ( £5.99) | Kindle Edition ( £3.95) | More from Ruta Sepetys
6. Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin
Charles Dickens: A LifeCharles Dickens: A Life gives full measure to Dickens's heroic stature--his huge virtues both as a writer and as a human being--while observing his failings in both respects with an unblinking eye. Renowned literary biographer Claire Tomalin crafts a story worthy of Dickens's own pen, a comedy that turns to tragedy as the very qualities that made him great--his indomitable energy, boldness, imagination and showmanship--finally destroyed him. The man who emerges is one of extraordinary contradictions, whose vices and virtues were intertwined as surely as his life and his art.
Hardcover ( £30.00) | Kindle Edition ( £3.49) | More from Claire Tomalin
7. Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
Afterwards by Rosamund LuptonAfterwards comes on the heels of Sister, Rosamund Lupton's stunningly successful 2010 debut, and dare we say this gripping novel is even better? After a devastating fire tears her family apart, Grace is determined to find the person responsible and protect her children from further harm. Each page in this emotionally-packed book radiates with the strength and depth of Grace's love for her family, which never wavers even as she is forced to confront her past mistakes, mislaid faith and physical limitations. It is a novel that exemplifies the power--and limitlessness--of love.
Paperback ( £7.19) | Kindle Edition ( £5.99) | More from Rosamund Lupton
8. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
The Psychopath TestJon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him into the heart of the madness industry in The Psychopath Test. Convinced that many CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths, an influential psychologist teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals. Armed with these psychopath-spotting abilities, Ronson enters the corridors of power to solve the mystery of the hoax and discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are just as mad as those they study.
Hardcover ( ) | Kindle Edition ( £1.90) | More from Jon Ronson
9. How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
How To Be a Woman Caitlin Moran's first foray into the world of publishing was as the precocious 16-year-old author of a children's book called The Chronicles of Narmo. Twenty years later, now an award-winning journalist, mother of two and Twitter sensation, she gives us How to be a Woman, her sort-of memoir combined with feminist discourse. She is very funny--laugh-out-loud so--on subjects from adolescence to strip clubs and Katie Price to the workplace. Readers will love her warm and witty take on how to be a woman.
Paperback ( ) | Kindle Edition ( £4.51) | More from Caitlin Moran
10. Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson
Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography Steve Jobs is our generation's ultimate icon of inventiveness and imagination. His passion for perfection and ferocious drive changed the world and revolutionised industries. In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography Walter Isaacson tells the riveting story of Jobs's roller-coaster life and intense personality. Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs--as well as interviews with family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues--Isaacson offers an unvarnished view of the entrepreneur who was driven by passion, perfection, obsession, artistry and innovation.
Hardcover ( £12.94) | Kindle Edition ( £3.95) | More from Walter Isaacson
If you've enjoyed our Top Ten then make sure to check out out the full Top 50 books as selected by our editors:

Top 50: 11-30
Top 50: 31-50