Books of the year 2011: Chris Mullin

A Cupboard Full of Coats - Yvvette Edwards

 

Having been a judge of this year's Man Booker Prize, I am not short of good books to recommend. Among those that didn't quite make the shortlist, my favourite was A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards (Oneworld, £12.99). Jinx, a young woman consumed with guilt and anger since the day, 14 years ago, that her mother was stabbed to death by her violent boyfriend, receives a visit from Lemon, an old friend of her mother's, and soon discovers that he has his secrets, too.

My other favourite among the not-quite-shortlisted was The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness (Seren Books, £8.99), a nicely crafted novel set in Bucharest in the dying days of the Ceausescu regime.

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