45 Highlights from 2019


This year’s subjective list of books we thought worthy of particular mention over the past 12 months. Fiction (in translation and not), poetry, short stories, essays, history, biography, literature, culture, politics, society, journalism, children’s books covering Asia from the Pacific to the Mediterranean, from Siberia to India.

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






Society and culture








Novels in translation




Novels in English


Short stories




Children’s books