Remember this? Fanatics celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2007. Fanatics celebrated every fanatical year of their first decade by going back in time, through the Top 10 books from each and every year.
We picked our favourites from the bestselling titles from 1998 to 2007 (We’ve extended this to include the last five years). In these lists Fanatics also included the VIBs (Very Important Books), the cult classics of books as chosen by the Exclusive Books store managers.
What you see below is a combination of books that hit the top sales charts in 1999, and books that captured the imaginations of many, and remain close to our hearts.
10. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
This powerful, heartwrenching novel draws on the deepest human emotions: the need to know oneself, responsibility to family, the influence of hidden history. The result is a highly acclaimed story of survival, written with great sensitivity.
9. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Astrid has been raised by her beautiful, headstrong mother, Ingrid, and the two are inseparable until Ingrid murders a former lover and is imprisoned for life. As one of thousands of foster children in Los Angeles, Astrid finds strength in her certainty of self-worth and sense of the absurd.
8. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
This novel traces the relationship between a German lawyer, Michael, and an older woman, Hanna. Beginning with their brief affair in post-war Germany, the book goes on to Michael’s discovery that Hanna had been a guard attached to a satellite camp at Auschwitz, a crime for which she is imprisoned.
7. The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
The author argues that our souls evolve as we develop our own latent powers. This book examines cases of multi-sensory individuals, looks at conventional marriages and spiritual partnerships and at traditional and spiritual psychology.
6. The Naked Chef by Jamie Oliver
Designed to inspire confidence in people who may never have tried cooking before, this is the first cookbook by the young chef who went on to become a sensation. It is for those who don’t have time to spend all evening cooking, yet who want great food kept simple and stylish.
5. Losing my Virginity: The Autobiography
This is the bestselling autobiography of iconic entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, featuring his take on his latest business ventures, personal achievements and intrepid adventures. You’ll discover how Sir Richard is committed to building a better world through responsible, holistic business practices and ventures such as the Virgin Health Bank, which is contributing to regenerative medicine, Virgin Fuels, which has pledged GBP200 million to renewable energy projects, and his company’s charitable arm, Virgin Unite. You’ll also learn about how Sir Richard and his company are reaching for the stars in a new era of commercial space travel with Virgin Galactic. With insights into this very public figure’s personal life as well as his business successes and the lessons he’s learned along the way, this is an amazing memoir, motivational business guide and inspiring story that will capture your imagination.
4. Country of my Skull by Antjie Krog
Antjie Krog worked for more than two years with the many individuals involved in south Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Country of my Skull captures the complexity of the comission’s work in a uniquely personal narrative that is harrowing, illuminating and provocative.
3. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
A divorced, middle-aged professor of English finds himself increasingly unable to resist affairs with his female students. When discovered by the college authorities, he is expected to apologize to save his job, but instead he refuses and resigns, retiring to live with his daughter. For a time, his daughter’s influence and the natural rythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life.
2. Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus by John Gray
This guide to successful communication between the sexes includes: what makes members of the opposite sex tick; how to understand their verbal and non-verbal language; how to motivate the opposite sex and get what you want; and how to avoid arguments and promote fruitful communication. This book should help you reach a point of harmony and understanding.
1. Hannibal by Thomas Harris
The sequal to The Silence of the Lambs marks the return of Dr Hannibal Lecter. One of Hannibal’s victims, the influential and rich Mason Verger – a paraplegic confined to a respirator thanks to Hannibal – is bent on revenge and FBI agent Clarice Starling provides the perfect bait.