It’s May and we are well into the Book Awards calendar. We’ve already had the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Man Booker International Prize and the Wolfson History Prize, amongst many others. This month we will see the Orwell Prizes shortlist for political fiction and non-fiction, the Jhalak Prize winner, the winners… Continue reading Award-winning books
About the book The Accidental is Ali Smith's dazzling novel about a family holiday and a stranger who upends it. Arresting and wonderful, The Accidental pans in on the Norfolk holiday home of the Smart family one hot summer. There a beguiling stranger called Amber appears at the door bearing all sorts of unexpected gifts,… Continue reading The Accidental by Ali Smith
About the book The Lighthouse begins on a North Sea ferry, on whose blustery outer deck stands Futh, a middle aged, recently separated man heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. As he travels, he contemplates his childhood; a complicated friendship with the son of a lonely neighbour; his parents' broken marriage and his… Continue reading The Lighthouse by Alison Moore
About the book In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline. But are the Ayres haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of… Continue reading The Little stranger by Sarah Waters
About the book Set in 1860s London, this is the story of Susan, a pickpocket who is persuaded to pose as a lady's maid and infiltrate the house of a young heiress. This novel explores the nature of identity and what people do with disguise. Reviewed by Hayling Readers Group Nominated for both the Orange… Continue reading Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
About the book The story of four people in late middle-age who work in the same office and who all suffer from loneliness. With poignant humour, Barbara Pym takes us through their small lives and the facades they erect to defend themselves against the outside world. Reviewed by Itchen Reading Group The book is about… Continue reading Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym
Pigeon English follows in the tradition of great novels of friendship and adventure, as Harri finds wonder, mystery, and danger in his new, ever-expanding world.
A story of love, friendship, memory and the fragility of life.