Books  |  Nov 9, 2011

Amazon announce top books of 2011

Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com have announced their top editors' picks for 2011, with Chris Bohjalian, Jennifer Egan, Charles Frazier, Siri Hustvedt, Walter Isaacson, Emma Kennedy, Rosamund Lupton, Haruki Murakami, Susie Harries and Ann Patchett all featured.

On Amazon.co.uk's top 50 Best Books of 2011 Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit From the Goon Squad is at number two following its recent win at the Galaxy Book Awards in the International Author of the Year category. Following 13 individuals over fifty years, ranging from the San Francisco 1970s music scene to the pre-Internet nineties to a post-war future, Amazon.co.uk hails it as “an accomplished work” which makes the “reading experience original and surprising”.

Rosamund Lupton’s second novel Afterwards is placed at seven. Afterwards follows Grace who, in the aftermath of a devastating fire which tears her family apart, embarks on a mission to find the person responsible and protect her children from further harm. Rosamund’s first novel Sister is currently also placed in Amazon.com’s top 100 of 2011 and in the top 10 Mystery and Thriller list.

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
by Walter Isaacson is at number 10 on Amazon.co.uk's list and at number eight in Amazon.com's top 100. Drawn from more than forty exclusive interviews that Isaacson conducted with Jobs over the course of two years – as well as with family members, colleagues, rivals, friends, and adversaries – this is the definitive portrait of our era’s most creative and innovative business leader.

Placed at 18 on Amazon.co.uk's top 50 is I Left My Tent in San Francisco by Emma Kennedy, the uproarious true story of two best friends travelling across the USA with only pennies in their pockets. Haruki Murakami’s IQ84 is at number 28. Set in a fictional 1984, 1Q84 tells the story of a mysterious pact between a taxi-driver and his passenger, and a writer drawn into a world of intrigue through an anonymous manuscript. It is also placed on the Amazon.com top 100 list. At 36 on the UK list is Siri Hustvedt’s The Summer Without Men. Gloriously vivacious, The Summer Without Men is a tragi-comedy about women and girls, love and marriage, and the age-old war between the sexes.

Amazon.com's list features Ann Patchett's State of Wonder, the grippingly provocative tale of Dr Annick Swenson who is on a mission to create a drug which will grant women lifelong fertility. Nightwoods by Charles Frazier is also placed. The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian is featured alongside Sister on the Top 10 Mysteries and Thrillers list on Amazon.com. The Night Strangers was given a starred review by Booklist which called it a "page-turner of uncommon depth."

Susie Harries' biography of the critic, academic and champion of Modernism, Nikolaus Pevsner, Nikolaus Pevsner: A Life, featured in the top 10 biography and memoir titles.