Friends and contributors tell us what they've enjoyed reading most over the past 12 months.
Read the complete New Statesman guide to the books of 2017:
Part one: books chosen by Andrew Marr, George Osborne, Rose Tremain and others
“Mukherjee’s deep knowledge of India and the West, allied to his never-failing curiosity about the ties that both bind us and separate us, makes him an outstanding chronicler of Bengali life.” Rose Tremain on A State of Freedom
Part two: books chosen by Nicola Sturgeon, Alan Johnson, Sara Baume and others
“It is a beautifully written epic and will make you laugh and cry in equal measure.” Nicola Sturgeon on The Heart's Invisible Furies
Part three: books chosen by Joan Bakewell, Michael Moorcock, Olivia Laing and others
“Death haunts us, and George Saunders mines the many ways it does: the Gothic, the sentimental, the fearful and, above all, the grief-stricken.” Joan Bakewell on Lincoln in the Bardo