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

August Picks

Wiggs, Susan (2020) The Lost and Found Bookshop. Morrow. Natalie inherits her mother's bookshop in historic San Francisco following a tragic accident. She reluctantly takes over the debt-ridden business and plans to close it, but her grandfather who owns the building is suffering memory loss and refuses to sell. As Natalie mourns, a financial crisis… Continue reading August Picks

July Picks

Kay, Elizabeth (2020) Seven Lies. Sphere. Jane and Marnie are best friends. They have been simpatico since they were eleven years old. They both fall in love and get married, but Jane's marriage ends in tragedy, whilst Marnie is happily married to a man Jane hates. Charles is loud and obnoxious but when Jane gets… Continue reading July Picks

June Picks

Jenner, Natalie (2020) The Jane Austen Society. Orion Books.  A few months after the end of WW2 Jane Austen's cherished home in Chawton, Hampshire, comes under threat. A disparate group of village Janeites come together to form a society to preserve Jane's home and legacy, each with their own story of loss and trauma. As new friendships… Continue reading June Picks

May Picks

Redmond, Lissa Marie (2020) A Full Cold Moon. Severn House. Buffalo NY cold case, now homicide, detective Lauren Riley is called to the brutal murder of a young Icelandic man under a full cold moon. Gunnar had traveled to the US to meet his biological father but as Lauren begins her investigation the Icelandic authorities, and… Continue reading May Picks

April Picks

McTiernan, Dervla (2020) The Good Turn. Police corruption in Ireland's gardai is the central theme of this new Detective Cormac Reilly story. Reilly faces enemies at work and his colleague, Garda Peter Fisher, is banished back to his father's patch in the small seaside village of Roundstone, with the threat of prosecution hanging over his… Continue reading April Picks