I decided to include something from a variety of genres, though I have included two non-fiction titles which is unusual for me. Aside from the two non-fiction books, I am very familiar with each author, but have deliberately picked titles I have not yet read so I will be equally pleased with whatever wins. Here goes.
In Sunlight And In Shadow - Mark Helprin
Elantris - Brandon Sanderson
Team Of Rivals - Doris Kearns Goodwin
Down The Great Unknown - Edward Dolnick
Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke
A Perfect Spy - John Le Carre