Reni Eddo-Lodge, Peter Frankopan and Ed de Waal named Books of the Decade
Posted on 31/12/2019
It’s one thing to be a Book of the Year, but quite another to be a Book of the Decade, and so sizzling congratulations are in order to Edmund and Peter as The Hare with Amber Eyes and The Silk Roads, respectively, make the Sunday Times Culture Best of the Decade List.
“In a decade where memoir became the dominant genre,” wrote the literary editor of the ST, Hare (Vintage, 2010), “stood out” as “immensely evocative”. And Roads (Bloomsbury, 2015), changed the very “axis of history writing” – a “sweeping history” that made the West look East.
The full list – which included Hilary Mantel and Kazuo Ishiguro on the fiction side, and Yuval Noah Harari and Robert Macfarlane for non-fiction, can be found here.
But the congratulations don’t stop there. Reni Eddo-Lodge’s groundbreaking Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race (Bloomsbury, 2017) made the Guardian’s list of books that defined the decade, which also included Sapiens, as well as A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, Normal People, and Girl, Woman, Other.
“We tell ourselves that good people can’t be racist. We seem to think that true racism only exists in the hearts of evil people. We tell ourselves that racism is about moral values, when instead it is about the survival strategy of systemic power.”
With writing both searing and incisive, Reni explains how the response to a blogpost she had written three years earlier had led her to expand her analysis of structural racism, its operation and its effects, into a full-length book that went on to win the Jhalak prize and the Blackwell’s Non-Fiction Book of the Year.
Our heartfelt thanks to all these writers for letting us be part of their amazing, trailblazing journeys – and a happy new year to all our authors, friends, and colleagues. May the next decade feature just as many thrilling, important, inimitable books as the last.