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Books Read in 2013

1813 | 2013
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Biographies, memoirs, letters, history
  • The Astor Orphan, by Alexandra Aldrich {May}
  • Bertie:  a life of Edward VII, by Jane Ridley {June}
  • Bluestockings:  the remarkable story of the first women to fight for an education {June}
  • Clementine in the Kitchen, by Samuel Chamberlain {July}
  • Conundrums for the Long Week-End:  England, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Lord Peter Wimsey, by Robert Kuhn McGregor with Ethan Lewis {September}
  • Eighty Days:  Nellie Bly amd Elizabeth Bisland's history-making race around the world, by Matthew Goodman {August}
  • Footprints in Paris:  a few streets, a few lives, by Gillian Tindall {July}
  • How to create the perfect wife, by Wendy Moore {April}
  • A lot to ask:  a life of Barbara Pym, by Hazel Holt {May}
  • Mastering the art of French eating, by Ann Mah {November}
  • The Pinecone:  the story of Sarah Losh, forgotten romantic heroine - antiquarian, architect, visionary, by Jenny Uglow {February}
  • Provence 1970:  M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste, by Luke Barr {December}
  • Serving Victoria:  Life in the Royal Household, by Kate Hubbard {January}

  • The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton {September}
  • Bath Tangle, by Georgette Heyer {April}
  • Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers, by Alexander McCall Smith {October}
  • Calling invisible women, by Jeanne Ray {January}
  • The custom of the country, by Edith Wharton {November}
  • Excellent women, by Barbara Pym {June}
  • Every Contact Leaves a Trace, by Elanor Dymott {July}
  • Fin & Lady, by Cathleen Schine {July}
  • A glass of blessings, by Barbara Pym {February}
  • A house in the country, by Jocelyn Playfair {January}
  • House-bound, by Winifred Peck {June}
  • The house of mirth, by Edith Wharton {January}
  • Jane and Prudence, by Barbara Pym {June}
  • The Library of Unrequited Love, by Sophie Divry {July}
  • 'Les metteurs en scene,' by Edith Wharton {June}
  • Longbourn, by Jo Baker {December}
  • 'Madame de Treymes,' by Edith Wharton {March}
  • Middlemarch, by George Eliot {March}
  • The Paris Winter, by Imogen Robertson {July}
  • Pride and Prejudice:  an annotated edition, by Jane Austen, edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks {February}
  • Sense & Sensibility, by Joanna Trollope {December}
  • Some Tame Gazelle, by Barbara Pym {June}
  • Trains and lovers, by Alexander McCall Smith {June}
  • The view from Penthouse B, by Elinor Lipman {May}

  • Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince, by Nancy Atherton {May}
  • The black country, by Alex Grecian {July}
  • The blackhouse, by Peter May {February}
  • Blind justice, by Anne Perry {August}
  • The body in the piazza, by Katherine Hall Page {May}
  • Cop to corpse, by Peter Lovesey (November)
  • The dead in their vaulted arches, by Alan Bradley {December}
  • A death in the small hours, by Charles Finch {February}
  • A dying fall, by Elly Griffiths {March}
  • Dying in the wool, by Frances Brody {February}
  • A fatal likeness, by Lynn Shepherd {August}
  • Leaving everything most loved, by Jacqueline Winspear {April}
  • The Golden Egg, by Donna Leon {April}
  • Julia in Ireland, by Ann Bridge {March}
  • Just One Evil Act, by Elizabeth George {October}
  • Midnight at Marble Arch, by Anne Perry {April}
  • Murder in Chelsea, by Victoria Thompson {July}
  • Necessary as blood, by Deborah Crombie {February}
  • No man's nightingale, by Ruth Rendell {November}
  • No mark upon her, by Deborah Crombie (March)
  • Overture to death, by Ngaio Marsh {January}
  • A place of confinement, by Anna Dean {August}
  • Robert B. Parker's Wonderland, by Ace Atkins {September}
  • The secret adversary, by Agatha Christie {January}
  • Sidney Chambers and the perils of the night, by James Runcie {June}
  • The Sound of Broken Glass, by Deborah Crombie {April}
  • Spinsters in Jeopardy, by Ngaio Marsh {March}
  • An unmarked grave, by Charles Todd {December}
  • Warpaint, by Alicia Foster {June}
  • Watching the dark, by Peter Robinson {January}

{The books noted in bold type are among the year's best.}


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