Everyone’s publishing lists their best books of the pandemic year. We’ve rounded up the roundups for your convenience, concentrating, as usual, on non-fiction.
There’s a lot here, fifty-some choices. If you’re short on time and just want one surefire recommendation to get you through lockdown without killing someone, skip to Ferdinand Mount’s Kiss Myself Goodbye or Neil Price’s Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings
We’ll start with the Wall Street Journal (that’s its illustration, by Jenny Bowers, at the top of the page) which week after week has the best non-fiction books coverage of any major print outlet, although the Financial Times, which we end with, is strong in its own way. Interestingly, Obama doesn’t make the WSJ list but there are two strong political books, Reynold’s biography of Lincoln and Mary Beth Norton’s 1774.