Favourite books of 2009

As 2009 leaks out of the calendar lots of newspapers and journals start recommending their favourite books of the year. And there is no reason why we can’t join in.

It’s been a big non-fiction reading year for me and my top three 2009 books are listed below.

Feel free to agree, disagree, comment or post your own favourite reads from this year.

The life you can save: acting now to end world poverty by Peter Singer

Yes I know this sounds depressing – and in a few places this book is quite confronting – but ultimately this is a very positve, optimisitic book with  much that is uplifting and inspiring.

D-Day: the battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor

As much social history as military history Beevor’s account highlights the stories of ordinary soldiers and civilians caught up in the the famous landings and the battles that followed. 

Why evolution is true by Jerry Coyne

Jerry Coyne’s entertaining book is a survey of the evidence for evolution that has been amassed over the 150 years since Charles Darwin published On the origin of species.  Witty, informative and full of interest, this was my favourite read in 2009.

All of these books are in stock at South Perth Libraries.


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