LBC’s Best Books of 2013

by Jamie Klingler

Now that Christmas is done, and the last of the chocolate oranges are looking nervously around at their lack of counterparts, attentions turn to the New Year. Looking back over 2013, the year in which our merry little Book Club came into being, here’s a collection of our members’ and friends’ best books of this year…

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, David Grann

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, Anton DiSclafani

Rules of Civility, Amor Towles

On the Front Line, Marie Colvin

The Last Girlfriend on Earth, Simon Rich

I Feel Bad About My Neck, Nora Ephron

The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert


Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

Tigers in Red Weather, Lisa Klaussman

The Universe vs Alex Woods, Gavin Extence

Bonjour Tristesse, Françoise Sagan

Where’d You Go Bernadette, Maria Semple


Letters of Note, Shaun Usher


Dear Lupin: Letters to a Wayward Son, Roger Mortimer

Dear Lumpy: Letters to a Disobedient Daughter, Roger Mortimer


NW, Zadie Smith

The Cutting Season, Attica Locke

Tigers in Red Weather, Lisa Klaussman

Rules of Civility, Amor Towles

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt


Birdsong, Sebastian Faulkes

The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson


Zealot, Reza Aslan

The Fix, Damian Thompson

Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler, Laurence Rees

Downfall of Money, Frederick Taylor

Permanent Present Tense, Dr Suzanne Corkin

Brain on Fire, Susannah Calahan


The Wicked Girls, Alex Marwood

Kiss Me First, Lottie Moggach

The Panopticon, Jenni Fagin


The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert


Great House, Nicole Krauss


The Dinner, Herman Koch

The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty


Sweet Tooth, Ian McEwan

Where’d You Go Bernadette, Maria Semple


The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach

The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twang Eng

Brief Loves That Live Forever, Andrei Makine

More Than This, Patrick Ness

Desiring The Kingdom, James K A Smith

The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton


The Teleportation Accident, Ned Beaumann

Riders, Jilly Cooper

Rivals, Jilly Cooper

Last Girlfriend on Earth, Simon Rich


The Testament of Mary, Colm Toibin