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 2002, and books that captured the imaginations of many, and remain close to our hearts.
10. Globalization and its Discontents by Joseph E. Stiglitz
In this volume, Joseph Stiglitz argues that though globablisation should be a powerful force for good, it has been badly mishandled by the West, especially its lead institutions, the World Bank and the IMF, and that the anti-globalisation protestors have much to say that we should listen to. This is an explosive message which may change the way we regard current global politics.
9. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls’ school, Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them – along with Callie’s failure to develop – leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, Cal has a rare genetic mutation.
8. The Dressing Station by Jonathan Kaplan
In this portrait of modern global medicine, Jonathan Kaplan reports from the medical front line and shatters any preconceptions about the nature of surgery. He describes what it is to face pain and death on a regular basis, the world of the operating theatre and the dark humour required to cope.
7. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
A young man arrives in Ukraine with a tattered photograph, a bad translator, a man haunted by memories and an undersexed guide dog. He is looking for the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. What they are looking for seems elusive – a truth hidden behind veils of time, language and the horrors of war. What they find turns all their worlds upside down.
6. What Not to Wear by Susannah Constantine & Trinny Woodall
Looking good has nothing to do with fashion trends. It’s all about what not to wear… Susannah and Trinny’s straight-talking fashion advice has made them Britain’s best-known style duo. The sartorial sisters show how to develop personal style which making the most of your body shape, hiding your defects and flaunting those assets!
5. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Voted as the most popular novel in the English-speaking world, this is an epic tale in which seemingly insignificant creatures change the fate of an entire world.
4. How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
This volume is not about being a goddess, but about feeling like one. Nigella shows that there can be more feelgood mileage from running up a tray of muffins or baking a sponge cake than from almost any other cooking – and that it’s not actually hard.
3. Stupid White Men… And Other Story Excuses for the State of the Nation! by Michael Moore
AT THE AIRLINES …The starting pay for an American Eagle in $16,800 a year. Never let someone fly you up in the air who’s making less than the kid at taco bell AT THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM… 240 school districts in thirty-one states have sold exclusive right to one of the big three soda companies to push their products in school
2. Atonement by Ian Mcewan
13-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilla strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever.
1. How to be Good by Nick Hornby
According to her own moral calculations, Katie Carr has earned her affair. She’s a doctor, and doctors are decent people, and her husband David is the Angriest Man in Holloway. When David suddenly becomes good, Katie’s sums no longer add up, and she is forced to ask herself some questions.