Hong Kong Noir by Feng Chi-shun – This is the Hong Kong the tourists don’t see, but I, as a former resident, know too well. Chillingly and skilfully narrated, the book takes sinful delight in probing the dark side of Asia’s most unforgiving city.
A Man In Full by Tom Wolfe – Long, sprawling and Biblical in scope, some of the set-pieces are so engaging and cinematic that I find myself returning to this novel every few years; in my book, the closest thing to The Great American Novel.
The Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes – One of the themes of this masterpiece is how tricky memory can be. A highly thought-provoking metaphysical work, and a worthy winner of the Booker Prize in 2011.