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Writers Choose Their Best Books of 2013

The Times asked writers, journalists and other creatives to list their best books of 2013 in various categories. Lauren Beukes selects super science fiction, Imraan Coovadia lists outstanding literary fiction, Pieter-Dirk Uys picks his favourite political non-fiction reads, Andrew Donaldson fixes on fantastic thrillers and music books, Jade Zwane reveals exceptional erotic fiction, Sihle Khumalo names top travelogues, Laurence Brick chooses the cream of coffee-table books and Anita Pouroulis curates incredible children’s books.

The Shining GirlsThe Space RaceThe New GirlTransformationsThe Institute for Taxi PoetryPanoramaEvita\'s Bossie SikelelaMy Big Fat Gupta WeddingThe Zuma YearsA Passion for FreedomCity of BloodA Girl Walks into a BarAlmost Sleeping My Way to TimbuktuThe Last Train to Zona VerdeLion vs RabbitOh, What a Tangle!

See their choices:

Lauren Beukes on Sci-Fi

‘The Space Race’ by Alex Latimer

This is a kick-ass thriller with deceptively lovely insights into human relationships, about a secret apartheid space programme in the Karoo that gets hijacked.

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