Jill Paton Walsh is an extraordinarily versatile writer. Many will know her for her numerous works for children, and more recently for her work continuing the legacy of Dorothy L Sayers’ Peter Wimsey novels.
Look beneath the surface of British life and you will find many different communities and cultures – some more hidden than others. Naomi Alderman’s 2006 debut novel deals with one such hidden, but long-standing culture: Orthodox Judaism.
Cats are odd creatures. Like dogs they accompany us through our lives but unlike dogs they tend to remain distant members of our households. They observe us, looking on in a slightly aloof, condescending manner, always ready to remind us that we don’t actually own them. Imagine what their view of our lives and our daily discussions would be. Imagine they give us their views on life.
Susanna Quinn’s novel, Glass Geishas, is a thriller set in modern day Tokyo – specifically in the notorious Roppongi district, where everything has a price.
A complex crime novel with an insight into human nature and relationships that interlocks brilliantly with the twists and turns of a mystery story.
There have been several novels published in recent years which feature an autistic character; The Rosie Project is one of them.
We all think we know our children. But do we really know what is going on in their lives?
Eight-year-old Ben is found dead in a park and eleven-year-old Sebastian is arrested and charged with his murder. With echoes of other high profile cases it does ask us to question how our behaviour as adults can lead to horrific consequences.
Published just one year after her hit novel Chocolat this split-time novel will transport you to the magic of the countryside and the simple pleasure a bottle of wine.
A book that transports you to Louisiana in the heart of the southern states of America and throws you into the lives of the Walker family. Siddalee is the eldest daughter in the family and she is the narrator who opens the story. Growing up in the 1960s life is changing around her and it is only as an adult that she can begin to deal with the turbulence of her childhood.
“I love you, Jonah, but sometimes I wish you had never been born.”
How often do you hear someone complain that they never have time to read? If so, Craig Taylor’s superb book is a godsend.
Most of us live in communities, surrounded by others – be it family, friends, neighbours, or even co-workers. But for some of us, life can be lonely. If you are one of the few who have yet to read this runaway success debut novel, then you are in for a treat.
This slow-burner is in no rush to reach its conclusion and invites you to indulge in the world of 19th century Peru.
Heather Morris had a chance encounter with Holocaust survivor Lale Sokolov in 2003, and over the following three years until his death, he told her the story of his life.