Ian’s Best Book of the Year

2020 
The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

2019
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

2018
Middle England
by Jonathan Coe

2017
Reservoir 13
by Jon McGregor

2016
Dirt Road
by James Kelman

2015
The Green Road by Anne Enright

2014
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin and The Lie by Helen Dunmore

2013
Nothing made it onto the list!

2012
Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding

2011
Great House by Nicole Krauss

2010
The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell and The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

2009
American Rust by Philipp Meyer

2008
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

2007
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid

2006
The Road by Cormac McCarthy

2005
A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry

2004
Deafening by Frances Itani (presently not in print)

2003
What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt

2002
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor

2001
Dark Room by Rachael Seiffert

2000
The Constant Gardener by John le Carre