May Picks

Finlay, Alex (2021) Every Last Fear. Minotaur Books. The suspicious deaths of his parents and young siblings, whilst holidaying in Mexico, brings Matt Pine to the attention of the FBI and once again propels him into the media spotlight. For a true-crime documentary has made his family infamous in their fight against the wrongful conviction… Continue reading May Picks

April Picks

Johnson, Stephanie (2021) Everything Changes. Vintage. Buying a rundown motel and tearooms to establish an off-grid retreat, in Northland's Brynderwyn Hills, seems like a chance to start again for Collette, husband Davie, pregnant daughter Liv, and their disreputable dog Muzza. As this dysfunctional family starts to renovate their new home, with the help of Choir,… Continue reading April Picks

March Picks

Gardner, Lisa (2020) Before She Disappeared. Century. Itinerant recovering alcoholic, Frankie Elkin, makes it her life's mission to find missing people once the police have given up. Her new case brings her to Mattapan in Boston where she begins searching for a lost Haitian teenager. Frankie’s search puts her in danger as she encounters gangs,… Continue reading March Picks

February Picks

Haig, Matt (2020) The Midnight Library. Canongate. Nora's life is full of misery and regret.  She decides she wants to die. But between life and death there is a library - the Midnight Library. Nora finds herself in the Midnight Library where she is presented with numerous books to try out other lives - to… Continue reading February Picks

January Picks

Case, Anne & Angus Deaton (2020) Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism. Princeton UP. In the US in the past two decades deaths of despair from suicide, drug overdose, and alcoholism have risen, especially amongst those who lack bachelor’s degrees. Case and Deaton shed some light on the economic and social forces that… Continue reading January Picks

December Picks

Eriksson, Kjell (2020) The Night of the Fire. Minotaur Books. Veteran detective, Ann Lindell, has retired from the Violent Crimes Unit and is now making artisan cheeses in a small town in Uppland, Sweden. When someone sets fire to the former village school, and later a bomb explodes in a Stockholm suburb, Ann's well-honed investigative… Continue reading December Picks

Best Picks 2020

Stories have been at the heart of my Covid year. Stories have kept me sane and cheerful in a world that has changed, maybe forever. When choosing my top reading picks for 2020 I have chosen memorable books that have challenged my thinking and put me in my happy reading place. Enjoy! Kassabova, Kapka (2020)… Continue reading Best Picks 2020

November Picks

Hammer, Chris (2020) Trust. Allen & Unwin. Martin Scarsden and his partner Mandalay Blonde's idyllic family life is shattered when Mandy's past comes back to haunt her. Her troubles start when she is kidnapped but it is when the body of her former fiancé is found that the story really kicks off, unfolding in contemporary… Continue reading November Picks

October Picks

Flynn, James R (2020) A Book Too Risky to Publish: Free Speech and the University. Academica Press. Generally our society believes that a university's role is to promote free inquiry and teach intellectual expression. Open debate is essential to the development of critical thought, but on university campuses today free speech is increasingly restricted for fear… Continue reading October Picks

September Picks

Kassabova, Kapka (2020) To The Lake: A Balkan Journey of War and Peace. Granta. Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa are two lakes in the borderlands of North Macedonia, Albania and Greece, joined by underground rivers, with a brutal and tumultuous history. The story of the Southern Balkans is once again captured by Kapka Kassaboa as she… Continue reading September Picks