March Picks

Ypi, Lea (2021) Free: Coming of Age at the End of History. Allen Lane. Politics professor Lea Ypi's memoir describes her coming of age in the last European Stalinist outpost - Albania. As a young student she was in enthusiastic thrall of both Stalin and Albania's dictator Enver Hoxha but as her politics develop her… Continue reading March Picks

February Picks

Hawkins, Paula (2021) A Slow Fire Burning. Riverhead Books. When a young man is found murdered on a London houseboat Laura is immediately suspected. Laura is the damaged one-night stand last seen at the victim's boat. Laura, Miriam the nosy neighbour who reported the murder, and Carla the victim's grief-stricken aunt all have connections to… Continue reading February Picks

January Picks

Strout, Elizabeth (2021) Oh William! Viking. Lucy Barton, in her third outing, is at a crossroads and she starts to muse on her first husband, William. Lucy is navigating her life as a widow, mother of two adult daughters, and a successful author, when she reconnects with William. This leads her to reflect on the… Continue reading January Picks

December Picks

Heller, Miranda Cowley (2021) The Paper Palace. Penguin Random House. On a perfect August morning, Elle Bishop heads out for a swim in the fresh water pond below 'The Paper Palace' - the decaying family compound in the back woods of Cape Cod where Elle has spent her 50 summers. This fictional memoir is in… Continue reading December Picks

November Picks

Hammer, Chris (2021) Treasure & Dirt. Allen & Unwin. When an opal miner is found crucified in his mine, near the bleak outback town of Finnigans Gap, Sydney homicide detective Ivan Lucic is sent to investigate, with the assistance of local detective Nell Buchanan. Caught between threats to their police careers and solving the crime… Continue reading November Picks

September-October Picks

Bailey, Sarah (2021) The Housemate. Allen & Unwin. As a junior journalist Olive Groves worked on the Housemate Homicide. Three housemates - one dead, one missing and one accused of murder. A mysterious case that has continued to baffle Australians. Nine years later Oli is is once again assigned to the story this time reluctantly… Continue reading September-October Picks

August Picks

Riddell, Shona (2020) Guiding Lights: The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women. Exisle. Women have a long history of keeping the lights burning, yet their stories are generally not well-known. Lighthouses are a beacon of fascination for many, including me, and it is the intrepid and the brave keepers of the light that are the inspiration… Continue reading August Picks

July Picks

Williams, Pip (2021) The Dictionary of Lost Words. Affirm Press. This is a book about words, based on the compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary, exploring how word meanings differ in importance for men and women. In 1901 the word 'bondmaid' was discovered to be missing from the OED and in this novel it is the fictional central… Continue reading July Picks

June Picks

Shipstead, Maggie (2021) Great Circle. Doubleday. From the moment the infant Marian Graves (and her twin) are rescued from a sinking ship, until she flies a great circle around the globe, polar cap to polar cap, Marian's life is one big momentous adventure. For she is a woman who will not allow her gender to… Continue reading June Picks

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