December declares the year’s best reads. *‘Convenient Truth’ (DroneClone) is a timely meditation on how politics makes up the science it prefers. Why worry about the sky falling when you have your own verandah? asked the Environment Minister this year. Naomi Klein rebuts all such facetious rhetoric. *‘Veranda or Verandah?’ (Picador) asks Julian Barnes in essays about the places we do our reading. Audrey Hepburn read by moonlight, Buzz Aldrin on the moon. Barnes arranges his home with as many ‘brown studies’ as possible. *‘Tiffin’ (Viking Penguin) is Vikram Seth’s surprise crime outing, all set on one verandah, one afternoon.