It’s that time of year when people compile their favourites lists. As far as my reading is concerned it’s been a rich and varied year. It began with a wonderful trip down memory lane, and the delightfully funny and wistful The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 by Shulz. This beautifully presented collection, the first of a series, reminded me of my student days, and a good friend who delighted in stealing every edition of the Charlie Brown stories from a well-known Glasgow city-centre bookstore. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Saul Bellow’s Mr Sammler’s Planet were by way of catching up on gems missed along the way, as was probably Any Human Heart by William Boyd (no relation sadly). None of them disappointed. Michael Ondaatje’s Divisidero was as beautifully poetic as any of his prose. If you haven’t read anything by the author of The English Patient I suggest you do so now! The Writing on the Wall by Will Hutton was enlightening, and exploded a few myths about the imminent takeover of the world by the Chinese, while The Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron restored some of the magic and incense to that particular part of the world. If there’s a better travel writer out there I’d like to hear about them. Finally, I recently caught up with The Play Ethic by Pat Kane, a thoroughly convincing polemic on the insignificance of the old work ethic in the 21st Century. But I’m sure you will have found something I missed. Please contribute!