2018: The Year in Asian Books


A subjective list of some books we particularly liked this year. Fiction (in translation and not), history, biography, literature, society, memoir, photography, religion, covering Asia from the Pacific to the Mediterranean, from Siberia to India.

All of us here hope you will, as we have, found enjoyment, enlightenment and inspiration from these, and indeed, all other books you care to crack open this or another year.

The year refers to the date of review, not of publication. Click on the title or book cover for the review.

Translated fiction




Arts and society




Biography and memoir


A compilation of other publications’ “best books” is here.