y favourite books of 2010

A Listmania! list by Big Jim "Big Jim" (London, UK)
(TOP 100 REVIEWER)   
 
The Interrogative Mood
1.  The Interrogative Mood by Padgett Powell
The list author says:
  "Interesting and intriguing - no question…but is it a novel?"
Used & New from: £0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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The Natural History Book
2.  The Natural History Book by DK
The list author says:
  "Definitive and beautifully produced. If they’ve left anything out it is probably very small indeed."
£20.40   Used & New from: £8.99
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Dan Cruickshank's Bridges: Heroic Designs that Changed the World
3.  Dan Cruickshank's Bridges: Heroic Designs that Changed the World by Dan Cruickshank
The list author says:
  "Interesting historically and architecturally this is also a travel book of sorts."
£22.95   Used & New from: £0.73
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 (Mark Twain Papers)
4.  Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 (Mark Twain Papers) by Mark Twain
The list author says:
  "Massive volume- first of three, you can hear the great man’s voice as these stories unfold"
£21.05   Used & New from: £4.05
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

The Shell Country Alphabet: The Classic Guide to the British Countryside
5.  The Shell Country Alphabet: The Classic Guide to the British Countryside by Geoffrey Grigson
The list author says:
  "A blast from the past - if you’re old enough to remember the Shell guides"
£11.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life
6.  Chasing the Sun: The Epic Story of the Star That Gives Us Life by Richard Cohen
The list author says:
  "Science, history and mythology come together in eminently readable volume"
£20.00   Used & New from: £0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

A History of the World in 100 Objects
7.  A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor
The list author says:
  "A fine companion to the radio programmes"
Used & New from: £8.68
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Britannia: One Hundred Documents That Shaped a Nation
8.  Britannia: One Hundred Documents That Shaped a Nation by Graham Stewart
The list author says:
  "One of the better “list” books, this has loads of interesting and important snippets from British history"
Used & New from: £0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Tales From the Woods
9.  Tales From the Woods by Pauline Buchanan Black
The list author says:
  "Intriguing and delightful “landscape” poetry with accompanying CD"
£9.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

The Making of the British Landscape: How We Have Transformed the Land, from Prehistory to Today
10.  The Making of the British Landscape: How We Have Transformed the Land, from Prehistory to Today by Francis Pryor
The list author says:
  "A book that you will come back to again and again as you travel around the country. The story of how our landscape reflects our history."
Used & New from: £15.06
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone
11.  Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano
The list author says:
  "Surprise hit of the year for me, poetic snippets re-tell moments from world history"
Used & New from: £2.03
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Space: From Earth to the Edge of the Universe (DK)
12.  Space: From Earth to the Edge of the Universe (DK) by Carole Stott
The list author says:
  "Lavish doesn’t begin to describe this blockbuster of a book"
£25.00   Used & New from: £21.63
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

The Desert Spear (The Demon Cycle, Book 2)
13.  The Desert Spear (The Demon Cycle, Book 2) by Peter V. Brett
The list author says:
  "One of the new breed of “fantasy” fiction. Interesting concept brilliantly executed"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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London Labour and the London Poor
14.  London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew
The list author says:
  "Re published, surprisingly entertaining and easy to read"
£10.52   Used & New from: £3.16
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
15.  Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Simon Winchester
The list author says:
  "History, geography, science combined once more in an eminently readable way"
£24.69   Used & New from: £0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

Crimea (Allen Lane History)
16.  Crimea (Allen Lane History) by Orlando Figes
The list author says:
  "Big, bulging history that takes an overview of the conflict and the effect it had around the world"
Used & New from: £6.43
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher)
17.  Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher) by Lee Child
The list author says:
  "Crash bang wallop fiction. Very “genre” but no less exciting and readable for all that"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (581 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Wave: In Pursuit of the Oceans' Greatest Furies
18.  The Wave: In Pursuit of the Oceans' Greatest Furies by Susan Casey
The list author says:
  "Science, geography...hold on haven’t I said that before? Well add travel and surfing to the mix in another surprise hit for me."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Isle of Skye Natural History Walks: 20 Detailed Walks to Enjoy from Sea Shore to Cliff Top
19.  Isle of Skye Natural History Walks: 20 Detailed Walks to Enjoy from Sea Shore to Cliff Top by Christopher Mitchell
The list author says:
  "A new approach to walking guides, at least for me, very informative and easy to use"
£7.75   Used & New from: £4.95
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Last Narco: Hunting El Chapo, The World's Most-Wanted Drug Lord
20.  The Last Narco: Hunting El Chapo, The World's Most-Wanted Drug Lord by Malcolm Beith
The list author says:
  "True crime without resorting to sensationalism or hyperbole"
£9.98   Used & New from: £0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man's Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science
21.  Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man's Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science by Curtis Ebbesmeyer
The list author says:
  "Imagine if Richard Feynman had written about ocean currents. It would have turned out a bit like this!"
£9.46   Used & New from: £2.52
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Smart Swarm: Using Animal Behaviour to Organise Our World
22.  Smart Swarm: Using Animal Behaviour to Organise Our World by Don Tapscott
The list author says:
  "An interesting concept engagingly put across. Think BIG."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Heartstone (The Shardlake Series)
23.  Heartstone (The Shardlake Series) by C. J. Sansom
The list author says:
  "Top notch mystery with loads of historical detail and superb characterisation"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (619 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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Bugs Britannica
24.  Bugs Britannica by Peter Marren
The list author says:
  "Bulging with facts and pictures, the various entries are a delight to read. Not one for the commute though - this book is HUGE!"
£22.75   Used & New from: £8.89
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey
25.  Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey by Rachel Hewitt
The list author says:
  "My book of the year. Even if you don’t like maps this is a must for anyone interested in Britain"
Used & New from: £0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Qualifications: I probably use the word "interesting" too much in this list!
Last updated: 12/12/2010
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