A moving story of first love told in old age, looking back at a hidden world of suburban secrets and sham respectability.
Paula Bardell-Hedley reviews a variety of books.
George Orwell’s 1934 novel is a tale from the waning days of British colonialism, when Burma was ruled from Delhi as a part of British India.
Estoril is a comedy-cum-spy story set in a luxurious hotel during the height of the Second World War.
In the balmy summer of 1920 Tom Birkin arrives penniless at Oxgodby station with his nerves “shot to pieces” and a commission to restore a Medieval work of art.
There is much to admire in Abi Andrews’ debut novel. She has created an inspiring female protagonist, one you will think of long after reading the final page.
Cassara’s novel follows the often complicated lives of several homogeneous characters from House of Xtravaganza, one of the most famous and enduring ‘drag houses’ of New York.
Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection has marked her out as an effervescent talent in fermentation.
Asymmetry is a story in which nothing and nobody is equal. It is inventive, compelling and altogether unforgettable. We should expect to hear a great deal more of its promising author over the coming months.
Walking Wounded is a brilliantly crafted, often harrowing, powerfully intense piece of work, which deserves to win awards.
Set in a rural village in England’s Peak District – an upland area at the southern end of the Pennines – The Reservoir Tapes was first aired on BBC Radio 4 as a specially commissioned short fiction series.
There are no weak parts to Helen Garner’s collection – it is simply that some stories are more brilliant than others.
At 162 pages, Ru is a short but intense potpourri of vignettes – powerful, superbly realized and well worth reading.
A Maigret Christmas is the title story from a newly translated book of short stories in which the burly detective receives an unexpected visit from two ladies on Christmas morning.
While The Extraordinary Life of A A Milne will undoubtedly delight fans, it should also appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in the author and his famous teddy bear.
Writer, James Dixon, has created an offbeat protagonist in Willem Gyle.
Love is an intelligent, compassionate, if melancholy tale, which demonstrates what can happen if we become too internalised and fail to be mindful of those we love most.
Behn is celebrated for being one of the first English women to earn a living from her pen. She courageously shattered many cultural conventions of her day, while in some ways remaining in step with her times.
The result of Geoff’s 2016 sabbatical is the light-hearted In Search of Nice Americans, subtitled, Off the Grid, On the Road and State to State in Trump’s America, a disorderly but entertaining drive across the USA.
A delightful Christmas gift for a young person with a lively imagination.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is remembered above all for creating a monster – the grotesque but perceptive creature from her 1818 novel, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.