Both The Big Picture and In Focus have collected together stunning photos from 2011 which tell of a year of pain, of revolution, but also of hope. Some of my favourites are below but take the time to look through all of them.
There is something beautiful in the bleakness of Marcus Olsen‘s photography.
The following are the best books, fiction, poetry and non-fiction, that I read in 2011. These are not just books released in 2011; many were released in 2010 and some earlier.
1. Paul Murray – Skippy Dies
2. Aminatta Forna – The Memory of Love
3. Jennifer Egan – A Visit From The Goon Squad
4. Damon Galgut – In A Strange Room
special mention too for Michael Ondaatje- The Cat’s Table and Jonathan Franzen – Freedom (which I am currently half-way through but loving).
1. Edmund de Waal – The Hare With The Amber Eyes
2. Francis Spufford – Red Plenty
3. Rebecca Skloot – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4. Alex Bellos – Alex’s Adventures in Numberland
This year, for the first time for many years, I also read enough poetry for a poetry of the year selection. Again, this is what I read this year, not books released this year.
1. Luke Kennard – The Harbour Beyond The Movie
2. Sam Willetts – New Light For The Old Dark
3. David Harsent – Night
4. Olivia Cole – Restricted View
The moon casts a reddish hue over Lake Pend Oreille during a lunar eclipse as it begins to set behind the Selkirk Mountain Range near Sandpoint, Idaho on December 10, 2011. (Matt Mills McKnight/Reuters)