Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

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.

Related

adele.jpg

Our guide to securing an Adele ticket this Friday

ThinkstockPhotos-187401190.jpg

“Attractive women are more likely to succeed” A debate on body image

rexfeatures_769355a.jpg

“Men – Don’t You Dare Start A Period Drama”

webcrop.jpg

Lunch hour heroes: the drinks to help you survive a boozy work lunch

rexfeatures_262969a.jpg

Everything you need to know about the Ab Fab film

Pram.jpg

Parents are naming their children after Instagram filters

Tarte-Tartin.jpg

Top five vegetarian recipes for Christmas

supergurl rape.JPG

Black Friday shopping slogan sparks outrage

love reading.jpg

The adorable illustrations that show love is in the smallest moments

Comments

More

Handmaid’s Tale fans, here’s what really happens to Ofglen in the book

As it's confirmed Alexis Bledel’s character will be returning for the second series

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Jun 2017

Four of the best books so far this year, as chosen by Amazon and us

If you read nothing else, make sure you give these titles a whirl

by Anna Brech
22 Jun 2017

Emma Watson really, really wants you to read these 10 feminist books

She’s curated her very own “essential feminist bookshelf”

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jun 2017

We need to talk about Offred’s secret weapon in The Handmaid’s Tale

This is the most important thing we can take from episode four

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Jun 2017

Little girl crashes stranger’s wedding for a seriously cute reason

And the photos are just perfect

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Jun 2017

JK Rowling flies to the rescue after Trump blocks Stephen King

This is getting ‘riddikulus’ now...

by Kayleigh Dray
14 Jun 2017

Bailey’s Prize winner Naomi Alderman on the importance of feminism

“If my novel is a dystopia, then we are living in a dystopia right now”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
08 Jun 2017

Boys ‘find it very hard’ to read a book starring a girl hero

Gender equality is still a problem for children's books, says leading author

by Anna Brech
08 Jun 2017

Dustbin man rescues books to create free community library

He's saved 20,000 books so far

by Sarah Biddlecombe
07 Jun 2017

Who is Arundhati Roy? The controversial author with an army of fans

The bestselling author’s much-anticipated second novel is out now.

by Moya Crockett
06 Jun 2017