The Sunday Times: Pat Barker and David Gilmour named best books for Christmas

The Sunday Times reviewers choose their favourite novels, top sporting books and more in the first of our two-part guide to the year’s best books.

Over the next two weeks we round up our reviewers’ choices of the very best of the year’s new books, and their “book of the year”, across a whole range of topics.

This week

You can browse Peter Kemp’s reviews of the year’s best fiction (and see our pick of the best crime novels, thrillers, historical novels and foreign fiction), step into 2018’s wide range of history books, chosen by Dominic Sandbrook, discover Bee Wilson’s choice of the year’s most mouthwatering food books, and find out which sport titles came out on top in Nick Pitt’s selection.

You can also read Michael Prodger’s art books of the year, get the measure of the year’s top business titles, catch up with the best politics and current affairs, and discover our classical music and science picks of 2018.

To view the full lists click here.