The Economist publishes its annual Books of the Year list

13 Dec,2011

By Akash Raha


The Economist’s annual Books of the Year list has been published in this week’s issue and highlights this year’s 50 most fêted authors and their works. The categories span politics and current affairs, economics and business, history, science and technology, culture, society and travel, fiction and poetry, all selected by The Economist editorial team.


The best books of 2011, according to The Economist, were aboutChina,Congo,Afghanistan, Charles Dickens, Vincent van Gogh, the “Flora Delanica”,Jerusalem, Mumbai’s dance bars, quantum physics, sugar, orgasms, blue nights, two moons and other people’s money.


Fiammetta Rocco, books and arts editor at The Economist said of the Books of the Year, “Whether it is politics, finance, history, science, culture or fiction, we look for big ideas, deep imagination and wonderful writing. The 50 books that we have chosen as our Books of the Year, all break new ground and stretch the mind.”


To coincide with the Books of the Year announcement, The Economist and Southbank Centre have launched their first ever Christmas literary weekend from 9-11 December at Southbank Centre where six authors will read from, and discuss, their work and take part in a book signing session.


In addition, The Economist is hosting a range of debates on its Facebook page to discuss a selection of books and allow readers to put questions to the authors. The Economist Books of the Year can be found online at:

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