Looking back on the reading year, here are my highlights (all links are to posts on the books).
The Horseman, Tim Pears
The Lark, E. Nesbit
The Fortnight in September, R.C. Sherriff
La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman
The Country Child, Alison Uttley
The Last Englishman: The Life of J.L. Carr, Byron Rogers
I Was A Stranger, John Hackett
Other outstanding non-fiction:
In the Artist's Garden, Ronald Blythe
Waiting for the Albino Dunnock, Rosamond Richardson
I haven't read a great deal this year - my slow-ish pace is deliberate - but the books listed above would stand out in a much larger crowd, I think.
There is another title which deserves to be included but I've omitted it because as yet there's no post on it and it requires more than a mention in passing; perhaps I'll come back to it another day.