2004 Books

The Guardian‘s 2004 books quiz is available. Among the questions: “Which celebrity boasted of her autobiography that she had neither written, nor even read, it?” Yeah, I guessed Paris Hilton, too, but I was wrong. (Answers are available on a separate page.)

Also, British writers, actors and celebrities select their favorite books of 2004. Adam Thirlwell names Rachel Cohen’s A Chance Meeting. Colm Toibin picks Nadeem Aslam’s Map for Lost Lovers. Kwame Kwei-Armah gives Nicholson Baker’s Checkpoint a nod. Hanif Kureishi says the best novel was “Orhan Pamuk’s relevant Snow.”

Philip Hensher calls Julie Myerson’s Home “a haunted and haunting history of one terraced house, a volume crowded with voices and stories, the book she was born to write.” Noreena Hertz likes Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Jan Morris says an “improbable surprise of 2004 was The Book Nobody Read by Owen Gingerich.”


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