General Fiction

There is something magical that occurs when the right book, an inspiring teacher, and an exact moment in one’s life all come together in perfect congruence. For me, that book was Pride and Prejudice, first read when I was sixteen in my History of Literature class, taught by a teacher who was passionate about her… Read More

When the term ‘historical fiction’ crops up, it instantly conjures up heaving corsets, inferior versions of Game of Thrones (it is a certified fact that The War of the Roses is greatly improved by dragons), and Henry VIII wheezing about in Hilary Mantel’s fictional universe. Of course, there’s much fun to be had with English… Read More

The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt was one of those books that I opened without having any idea of what to expect. What a wonderful surprise to be utterly swept away within a few pages of this fascinating book. Tracy Farr’s debut novel is the story of the woman who wanted to be “music’s… Read More

From the author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, comes an at-times dark and gothic, and at other times warm-hearted tale about loneliness, protection and social class. An unlikely hero, the eleven-year old, odd boy out, Byron Hemmings is anxious. He is anxious because, according to his best friend, James, two seconds have been… Read More

Martin Scorsese’s lavish epic of sharp suited fraud, debauchery and stocks has ruffled a few feathers ahead of the Oscars. Revelling in the moral vacuum of Jordan Belfour’s 80s, some critics have found the reality of Belfour’s swindling and his short jail term a bit too hard to swallow. Regardless of Belfour’s soft landing, the… Read More

From the author of The Silver Linings Playbook (now an Oscar-winning movie) comes a brave and powerful novel about a troubled teenager. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, Matthew Quick’s fourth novel, is a highly important book that is as much a story for young as for older adults. Meet Leonard Peacock, the story’s narrator. Leonard is… Read More

As classics go, it’s always rather good to escape the promenading of Wordsworth’s Lake District and Austen’s heroines fussing about in middle England when you have the chance. From Greene’s beautiful depiction of Vietnam to Rhys’ lucid longing for the Caribbean, colonial literature expands classic literature beyond the back garden to the moral and social… Read More

So, Christmas has left us with the traditional slump into ill-advised resolutions about the gym, shunning chocolate for sultanas, or whatever nonsense January seems to dictate. In the spirit of self-improvement – and not involving potentially failing a diet – a few modern classics between missed yoga lessons is definitely advised. Particularly recommended for the summer, and the festive comedown, is… Read More

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