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Rich Preston | 10:20 UK time, Tuesday, 14 December 2010

On yesterday's Book Cafe (13 December 2010) on BBC Radio Scotland we were joined by Karen Howlett (from online book group Cornflower Books) and Vanessa Robertson (of The Edinburgh Bookshop) to discuss the literary highs of 2010.

The titles came thick and fast, so in case you missed any of it here were some of their book recommendations:

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

The Small Hand by Susan Hill

The City & The City by China Miéville

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

The Tiger by John Vaillant

Jo Nesbo

Anne Holt

Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith

Hugless Douglas by David Melling

Poppy Fields Murder Mysteries

Wasted by Nicola Morgan

Firebrand by Gillian Philip

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O'Neal

On Fire with Fergie by Stuart Donald

The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton

Star Gazing by Linda Gillard

Dark Matter: A Ghost Story by Michelle Paver

Corrag by Susan Fletcher

South Wind Through the Kitchen: The Best of Elizabeth David by Elizabeth David and Jill Norman

The Gentle Art of Quilt-Making by Jane Brocket

Lotta Jansdotter's Handmade Living: A Fresh Take on Scandinavian Style by Lotta Jansdotter

Room by Emma Donoghue

Our Twitter audience were getting involved too. Here's what some of them suggested:

Karen Campbell's The Twilight Time & Tony Black's A Long Time Dead. Both Scottish, both great

Shiver by Maggie Steifvater

'The Help' was my favourite book

My favourite book of 2010 has been "Cooking Human" by Cynthia Flambe-Fry.

Portrait of an Addict As a Young Man by Bill Clegg. I simply could not read it fast enough or fail to feel utterly absorbed.

'The Lacuna', by Barbara Kingsolver. A truly stunning novel. For me it was a life-changing read.

I think Purge by Sofi Oksanen might be my fav book of the year though am debating as it's been a great year for books!

Sylvia Loch "An Algarve affair" her first novel it's very good.

This Night's Foul Work by Fred Vargas

Sophia's Secret by Susanna Kearsley and Wasted by Nicola Morgan.

The Dead Beat by Cody James

Let us know your best book of 2010, or what you think may make a great Christmas gift. You can join in the conversation on Twitter by following us @BBCBookCafe, you can email The Book Cafe or leave your suggestions in the comments section below this blog.

And you can listen again to the programme in full on the BBC iPlayer.


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