It was the worst of times. Yes, definitely the worst of times. But what was the best literature in another otherwise abysmal year?
Dark and comedic, Doomocracy comes to deepest Brooklyn
"Throw in some shit puns and the odd murderous glint from definite Brexiteer Mary Berry, and you've got a mystifyingly popular TV juggernaut"
"There aren’t many authors who could compel me to read a five-page essay on the actor Russell Crowe, much less to read that essay twice"
"These miniatures are less doll’s house than haunted house"
A new novel from the onetime bad girl of American letters is disarmingly big-hearted, empathetic and moving – and haunted by past fictions
In the age of acid rain, mass tourism and terrorism, should we be making facsimile backups of the world's treasures?
"Watching this sort of film in 2016 is a question of how much of your curate's egg you can stomach being revolting before you throw up"