Recommended Reads

Jane Harper’s first novel, The Dry, published to worldwide acclaim, and film rights were snapped up by Reese Witherspoon. The burning question is her second novel, Force of Nature, as good? I think it is easily as good, if not better, than her debut novel. Force of Nature is a compelling, page-turning read with excellent… Read More

What a charming, heart-warming novel! Lia runs a café in a small New Zealand seaside town, with her friend Anna. Running a small business is challenging enough, but Anna is about to marry Lia’s twin brother Ro and has taken to a diet of lettuce leaves and not much else in preparation for her big… Read More

This astonishing memoir of a childhood lived in extreme poverty in Latin America was hailed as an instant classic following its publication in Colombia in 2012, almost a decade after the death of its author. Now translated into English, The Book of Emma Reyes describes in vivid detail, the remarkable courage and imagination of a young girl… Read More

Acclaimed Norwegian author, Lars Mytting, recently published his debut fiction novel, The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, translated from the original Norwegian by Paul Russell Garrett. Following (chronologically and poetically) his bestselling non-fiction book on woodcutting, Norwegian Wood, this novel is a tender story about finding one’s roots. For most of his twenty-five years on… Read More

Anthony Horowitz may not be that well known to people for his books, even though this is his fifth, but his unseen work as the writer of TV detective series such as Foyle’s War and Midsummer Murders will certainly be more familiar. Two of his books have been Sherlock Holmes stories and one a follow… Read More

The Music Shop is a good fun read. For a moment I was worried that its music store setting might make it similar to Nick Hornby’s Hi Fidelity from 1995, but those fears quickly vanished. This music shop is owned by Frank, a tall ungainly man who has one special talent, the ability to read… Read More

Red Sky at Noon is a remarkable historical novel. It is 1942, and the battle of Stalingrad is just beginning. Benya Golden, a Russian Jewish writer, has been imprisoned in the Gulags for a crime he didn’t commit, doomed to die in the dreadful conditions. But then he is offered a strange chance of redemption… Read More

The story is well-known – on 28 April 1789 Fletcher Christian and his followers took control of the HMAV Bounty, disposing of Captain William Bligh and leaving him adrift in the ship’s launch. Many books and movies have covered the mutiny, but Graeme Lay explores the enigmatic character of Fletcher Christian in this well-written and… Read More

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