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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.

Quill & Quire's Most Memorable Canadian Books of 2008

The Gargoyle
The editors of Quill & Quire--Canada's magazine of book news and reviews--have made their picks for the 15 most memorable Canadian books of 2008, from critical favourites to blockbusters and difficult topics to the purely pleasurable.

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New York Times® 10 Best Books of 2008

A Mercy
The editors of The New York Times® Book Review have announced their choices for the 10 Best Books of the year, including recently released (and highly acclaimed) fiction favourites like Toni Morrison's A Mercy.

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