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10 Great Literary Novels of the Noughties

Jonathan Birch
 
The Human Stain
The Human Stain
"A disgraced professor harbours a staggering secret."
Austerlitz
Austerlitz
"Sebald's masterpiece. A boy flees from the Nazis in 1939, but finds the psychological legacy of their atrocities inescapable."
Life Of Pi
Life Of Pi
"Weird, wonderful, ferociously clever. A boy in a boat with a tiger."
The Plot Against America
The Plot Against America
"Roth is at his compelling and furious best in this counterfactual history."
Gilead
Gilead
"Beautiful and uplifting story of a dying Iowa pastor. 24 years in the making."
Snow
Snow
"Darkly evocative tale of doomed love and political strife in snowbound Kars."
Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go
"An emotionally devastating work of science fiction."
Arthur & George
Arthur & George
"Immaculate fictionalised double-biography of novelist Arthur Conan Doyle and his unlikely Parsee friend, George Edalji."
The Road
The Road
"A father and son after the apocalypse. They carry on, despite everything. A bleak, poetic masterpiece."
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
"A vibrant, tragicomic saga of Dominican immigrants in the US."