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The best ‘old’ books read last year


Why bother with new books when there are so many good old ones to read? The Guardian asked some authors and critics to reveal their favourite old books that they read in 2012. Lionel Shriver said W Somerset Maugham’s The Collected Short Stories, AL Kennedy said Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and poet Andrew Motion said The Selected Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

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