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Stylist's 10 best books of 2015

Stylist has enlisted author, self-confessed bookworm and contributing editor at The Bookseller Cathy Rentzenbrink to whittle down a year of great book releases to her 10 favourite titles of 2015.

Clearly the very best thing about Christmas is the opportunity to give books as presents and to carve out some time on the sofa with a fat novel and a box of cherry liquor chocolates. Here, then, for your reading pleasure and to give to your nearest and dearest are my 10 best books of 2015.

There’s lots of life on offer: Lives lived during the Second World war in A God in Ruins and A Notable Woman, a lifelong friendship in The Story of the Lost Child and lives continuing after loss in Grief is a Thing with Feathers. We see two Irish families in The Green Road and Asking for It and friendship is the dominant force for good in A Little Life.

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed puts modern life under the microscope and Reasons to Stay Alive is, rather miraculously, a hopeful book about depression. Although it was first published in 1945, I’ve included the stunning reissue of The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford. It’s a thing of beauty inside and out and therefore the perfect present. Happy Christmas.

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