Stephen Howe in the Independent’s best history books of the year:
Jordan Goodman, in The Devil and Mr Casement: A Crime Against Humanity (Verso, £17.99), explores one of the earliest great modern human-rights campaigns: Roger Casement’s crusade against exploitation and near-genocide in the Putumayo between Colombia and Peru.
Boyd Tonkin in the Independent’s best general fiction of the year:
… As did the overthrow of American revolutionary myths in Manituana (trans. Shaun Whiteside; Verso, £14.99). Here the Italian “Wu Ming” collective craft a splendidly surprising, Mohawk-centred view of white colonists’ rebellion against the “Great English Father”, George III.