Best Picks 2016

There has been some great reading in 2016. I have binged on psychological thrillers, loving the genre. However it is the mix of good fiction, and a little bit of non-fiction, that has stretched and engaged me over the year. These are my top ten reads for 2016: 1.Koch, Herman (2016) Dear Mr M. Hogarth. This complex psychological mystery unfolds… Continue reading Best Picks 2016

October Picks

Patchett, Ann (2016) Commonwealth. Bloomsbury. When Bert Cousins turns up uninvited at Franny Keating's christening party and kisses her mother, Beverly, the fate of two families is turned on its head. The kiss leads to a new blended family of the six Keating and Cousins children bouncing back and forth between Southern California and Virginia. Over the next five decades life unfolds,… Continue reading October Picks

August Picks

Middleton, Nick (2015) An Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist: A compendium of fifty unrecognised and largely unnoticed states.  Macmillan. Physical geographer Nick Middleton takes a detailed look at the world's hidden states and forgotten peoples. Filled with stories and 50 regional maps it outlines the history and legitimacy of countries, from island nations to states within… Continue reading August Picks

July Picks

Ferrante, Elena (2014) Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay. Europa.  The third book in the Neapolitan series is set in the period 1968-1976 and follows narrator Elena into marriage, after she has gained her degree and published her first novel. Living in relative affluence, in Florence, Elena is on the fringes of Italy’s social unrest. She is challenged by the sexual… Continue reading July Picks