Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
by James Runcie
A Year of Marvellous Ways
by Sarah Winman
A magical story about life, love, grief, death, the sea and storytelling.
The Gustav Sonata
by Rose Tremain
An astonishing book - understated, moving, thought-provoking, atmospheric. Tremain is an amazing writer.
The Empathy Problem
by Gavin Extence
A gentle, unsentimental, amusing and thoughtful read set in the financial district of London. Published in August.
My Italian Bulldozer
by Alexander McCall Smith
Both funny and wise, this story lifts the spirits and makes you want to get on a plane to Italy immediately! A wonderful book!
The Last Pilot
by Benjamin Johncock
A fascinating look at life at the start of the space race for a pilot, husband and father. Intriguing, clever and mesmerising.
The Butcher's Hook
by Janet Ellis
Found myself physically repelled by elements of this story, but it's brilliantly written.