Welcome to the Best Books of 2008. The big news of the year may have been the financial meltdown (and the dramatic presidential election in the States), but the stories we were drawn to included a an epic tale of Newfoundland's working class
that spans a century, a father's searing portrait
of his daughter's sudden madness, and two
thrilling new novels
with Shakespearean echoes. And our editors' pick as the best book of the year, Philip Hensher's brilliantly imagined novel, The Northern Clemency
, took us inside the ordinary and extraordinary lives of two families in Sheffield, England, a place we knew little about but now feel we know intimately.
You'll find many more great books for readers of all interests in our lists of the top 50 editors' picks
and customers' favourites