Professional indexers make good books even better. Many magazines, newspapers and organisations are currently publishing their 2017 Books of the Year lists, including Evening Standard, The Guardian, History Today, New Statesman, The Spectator, The Telegraph, The Times and TLS. We are pleased to note that several of these books have indexes created by members of the Society of Indexers. Well done to our members Marian Aird, Paula Clarke Bain, Wendy Baskett, Rohan Bolton, Rosemary Dear, Ruth Ellis, Susan Farr, Auriol Griffith-Jones, Jane Horton, Ann Hudson, Caroline Jones, Nicola Nicholas, Christopher Phipps, Alan Rutter, Christine Shuttleworth and Caroline Wilding for their indexing work on these books.
A good index makes it easier for readers to find the information they seek. Congratulations to these SI members for creating the following indexes included on Books of the Year 2017 lists. For more information on how an index by one of our members can improve your book, see this advice for publishers.
Marian Aird for indexing A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman (publisher: Allen Lane) and First Confessions by Chris Patten (Allen Lane) (New Statesman list); and This Orient Isle by Jerry Brotton (Penguin) and Darling Pol: Correspondence between Mary Wesley and her second husband Eric Siepmann by Patrick Marnham (ed.) (Penguin) (The Spectator list).
Paula Clarke Bain for indexing Sicily and the Enlightenment: The World of Domenico Caracciolo by Angus Campbell (I.B.Tauris) (History Today list).
Wendy Baskett for indexing Winifred Nicholson: Liberation of Colour by Jovan Nicholson (Philip Wilson Publishers) (Berger Prize list).
Rohan Bolton for indexing Travels in a Dervish Cloak by Isambard Wilkinson (Eland) (Evening Standard, New Statesman and The Spectator lists).
Rosemary Dear for indexing Dethroning Mammon by Justin Welby (Bloomsbury) (The Guardian list).
Ruth Ellis for indexing Bitten by Witch Fever by Lucinda Hawksley (Thames & Hudson) (British Book Awards shortlist) and In Pursuit of Memory by Joseph Jebelli (John Murray) (Royal Society awards shortlist).
Susan Farr for indexing Morbid Curiosities by Paul Gambino (Laurence King Publishing) and The Amazing Animal Adventure by Brendan Kearney and Anna Claybourne (Laurence King Publishing) (British Book Awards shortlist); The Lost House Revisited by Ed Kluz (Merrell Publishers) (The Spectator list) and Revealing the Charterhouse by Cathy Ross (D Giles Limited) (Berger Prize list).
Auriol Griffith-Jones for indexing Lovers and Strangers by Clair Wills (Allen Lane) (TLS list) and Enemies and Neighbours by Ian Black (Allen Lane) (The Guardian and The Times lists).
Jane Horton for indexing Gluck: Art and Identity by Amy De La Haye et al. (Yale University Press) (TLS list) and Hardwick Hall by David Adshead and David A.H.B Taylor (eds) (Yale University Press) (Apollo list); Hardwick Hall by David Adshead and David A.H.B Taylor (eds) (Yale University Press) (Apollo list); and William Hogarth: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings by Elizabeth Einberg (Yale University Press), Johnston & Gill: Very British Types by Mark Ovenden (Lund Humphries) and The Diary of Mary Watts 1877–1904 by Desna Greenhow (ed.) (Lund Humphries) (Berger Prize list).
Ann Hudson for indexing Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880–1970: A Reappraisal by Julian Holder and Elizabeth McKellar (Historic England) (Berger Prize list).
Caroline Jones for indexing WTF by Robert Peston (Hodder) (Evening Standard list) and Technology in the Country House by Marilyn Palmer and Ian West (Historic England) (Berger Prize list)
Nicola Nicholas for indexing The Husband Hunters by Anne de Courcy (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) (The Spectator list) and The Medici by Mary Hollingsworth (Head of Zeus) (The Telegraph list).
Christopher Phipps for indexing East West Street by Philippe Sands (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) (The Guardian, New Statesman and The Spectator lists), Charley’s Woods by Charles Duff (Zuleika) (The Spectator list), Passchendaele: A New History by Nick Lloyd (Penguin) (The Telegraph list) and Outlandish Knight: The Byzantine Life of Steven Runciman by Minoo Dinshaw (Allen Lane) (History Today list).
Alan Rutter for indexing Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football’s Greatest Manager by Ian Herbert (Bloomsbury Sport) (The Times list).
Christine Shuttleworth for indexing Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling by Philip Pullman (David Fickling Books) (The Guardian list), The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile under the Tsars by Daniel Beer (Penguin) (TLS list) and Sidelines: Selected Prose by Michael Longley (Enitharmon Press) (The Observer list).
Caroline Wilding for indexing The Modern Cook’s Year by Anna Jones (Fourth Estate) (The Times list).
Links to the Books of the Year lists can be found below.