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

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