Top five books of 2014

Whether you are looking for crime, a biography, prize winners or just a light-read and a laugh, this list of the top five books to read in 2014 has something for everyone.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, if you haven’t already read Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries, make it your literary mission in 2014. Set in the 1800s, The Luminaries follows Walter Moody, a man who has come to make his fortune upon theNew Zealand goldfields. Moody is soon drawn into the complex web of intrigue woven by the small town’s residents.

Father Bob: the larrikin priest by Sue Williams
For a top read about a well-loved local Aussie, try Father Bob: the larrikin priest, which tells the life story of ‘the people’s priest’ – outspoken Catholic priest, Father Bob Maguire. And at 78, Father Bob shows no signs of slowing down, giving in, or shutting up.

Season to taste by Natalie Young
Tipped as the next Fifty Shades of Grey, Season to taste tells the story of Lizzie, a bored fifty-something, who decides to kill and eat Jacob, her husband of 30 years. Natalie Young’s second novel is set to be published in January 2014, but you can watch her talking about it in the video below.

Let’s explore diabetes with owls by David Sedaris
In Rachel’s (highly subjective) opinion, David Sedaris is an angry Jewish gay man from New York who has spent his life revealing such intimate details about his extended family in his writing that she is surprised they still talk to him at all. Nevertheless, he is pants-wettingly funny, and his latest offering is no exception. If train-wreck humour is your style, then Sedaris’s Let’s explore diabetes with owls is the summer read for you.

Leaving time by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult’s upcoming novel Leaving time is a book about the lengths we go to for those who have left us behind. It follows Jenna, a girl determined to find the mother who disappeared one night while running an elephant sanctuary. But be warned – this story comes with kicker of a twist. A publication date has not been set, but look out for it on shelves in 2014.