It is Books of the Year symposium time again! Like I do every year, I've asked a number of friends and contributors to ReadySteadyBook to tell me which books impressed and moved them most over the last twelve months, regardless of whether the books concerned were published this year or not.

The ReadySteadyBook Books of the Year 2008 symposium contributors are: Sacha Arnold, Derek Attridge, David Auerbach, Edward Champion, Richard Crary, Robin Durie, Scott Esposito, Gavin Everall, Rebecca Ford, Paul Griffiths, Sarah Hesketh, Lars Iyer, Gabriel Josipovici, Robert Kelly, Sophie Lewis, Charlotte Mandell, Tom McCarthy, China Miéville, Steve Mitchelmore, Nicholas Murray, Rodney Pybus, Lee Rourke, Anthony Rudolf, Leora Skokin-Smith, Dan Visel, Ken Worpole and also me!

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed.

Readers Comments

  1. Robin Durie refers to an essay in "the Staggers". What is that? A magazine, a website, a musical, a Graf Zeppelin?

  2. Stephen - this was a reference to the New Statesman, 'affectionately' known as the Staggers due to the way it has staggered from one financial crisis to another during its long existence, without ever quite collapsing finally. Sorry - I referred to it in this way through force of long habit. In the meantime, I will cherish the prospect of a musical resplendent with improbably over-staged Busby-Berkeley style routines evoking the stylistic intricacies for Foster Wallace's prose...

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