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.
Watching Edie
by Camilla Way
A story of a friendship and obsession, with horrifying consequences. Compelling to read, with a haunting conclusion. Published July.
The Children Act
by Ian McEwan
A novella providing a snapshot of the life of a judge facing challenges personally and professionally.
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
by Maggie O'Farrell
A powerful, compelling and moving tale of three generations.
The Lubetkin Legacy
by Marina Lewycka
A funny, silly book about misunderstandings and mistaken identities, published in May.