"some books are meant / to be read just like this / alone, with the evening, / a bowl of fruit ripening / waiting for the reader / to grow hungry, but / she won't, the book / will devour her, / and it / will soon / become / morning."
'The whole affair is extremely sad' … Pablo Neruda. Photograph: Laurent Rebours/AP
Author of Guns, Germs and Steel, a new book by Diamond is always going to be a big deal. This one promises to be his most personal yet, based on his years of anthropological field work. Technically it's a 2012 book, but its publication date of the last day of the year makes it a big book for the year ahead.