General Fiction

Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she comes to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, at the Roanoke family's rural estate following the suicide of her mother. Over one long, hot summer, Lane experiences the benefits of being one of the beloved beautiful Roanoke girls. What she slowly comes to realise though, is that… Read More

What an excellent book; a really engrossing read that is brilliantly written. Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint exactly what it is about a novel that makes it so good, and makes you read it in a rush. Just making the reader eager to keep turning the pages is one of those factors. But for… Read More

Roxane Gay’s new collection of short stories arrives with much anticipation. With her debut novel, An Untamed State, and essay collection, Bad Feminist, Gay has established herself as a strong contender in the literary world. Her newest work displays this strength. The writing is clean and incisive. Gay uses deceptively simple turns of phrases to… Read More

This was my first novel by Michael Chabon and it is a great read. At 430 pages this is a long deathbed confession to the author from a character known only as "my grandfather" throughout the book. He is certainly a man with a sense of humour and I found him extremely likeable. Grandfather had… Read More

Rosie and Penn have always wanted a daughter. Four sons later, they decide to try one last time -- and their beautiful little boy Claude is born. Life continues on until the day that Claude says that, when he grows up, he wants to be a girl. As far as his parents are concerned, he… Read More

This is a great addition to the long list of great novels that Ian McEwan has produced. There were two or three that missed the mark for me – Sunday, Solar and Sweet Tooth. But his previous novel to this, The Children Act, was excellent and this latest is McEwan back to his very best… Read More

The problem with reviewing a book that you love is that it is often hard to describe just why you like the book so much - the usual adages of ‘good characterisations’, ‘innovative plot line’ and ‘page-turning entertainment’ are the obvious explanations, but often that is simply not enough. This is especially the case when… Read More

The North Water was one of the titles from last year’s Man Booker Prize long list and I was impressed. This is an excellent piece of historical fiction, which crosses the boundaries into the thriller genre. It works equally well in both. Having finished the book, I reflected on why I enjoyed it so much… Read More

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