I've struggled to get this list down to twenty. But this is the list of books which I'd give to my best friend or my mum, or take on holiday if I happened to be having a particularly long one. It's the list of books I'm most excited about reading, and which I strongly suspect will be some of the most talked-about of the year.
I asked 20 bestselling authors to recommend the best books they read in 2014. Here are their favourite reads of the year.
Readers, it is hard to find good books. Thrillers do impressive business in the literary world, and yet few of them capture