Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s novel is a grim story of loneliness, isolation and unhappiness, played out between London and New York.
Paula Bardell-Hedley reviews a variety of books.
Brought back into print by Pushkin Press, Madeleine Bourdouxhe’s 1944 short story collection highlights the lives of conflicted female characters in beautiful prose.
My third choice for 20 Books of Summer is Nina Stibbe’s new novel following the latest instalment in the life of Lizzie Vogel.
I share my thoughts on the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man who walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness to seek adventure but never returned.
The first title read from my 10 Books of Summer list, Heather Rose’s extraordinary novel is set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history.
Imagined by Oscar Wilde’s own grandson, this fictionalised conversation presents a fascinating biography of the poet, playwright and gay martyr.
I share my thoughts on Norman Bissell’s fictionalised retelling of a crucial period in George Orwell’s life.
I share my thoughts on a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.
Written with warmth and humour as a series of letters, this novel appeared in my life when most needed.
First published in 1911, Intimate Ties is Robert Musil’s second book, consisting of two novellas, ‘The Culmination of Love’ and ‘The Temptation of Silent Veronica.’
In a small English town of Hardborough Florence Green decides, against polite but determined opposition, to open a bookshop.
A splendidly inventive collection of short stories from Ali Smith, author of How to be both, winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize and the Costa Novel Award.
I share my thoughts on one of the most adored children’s novels of all time.
A cleverly inventive, well-crafted debut novel about loneliness and hope – set on an offshore windfarm in the near future.
A collection of Franz Kafka’s short stories showcasing his dark imagination and wry humour.
We look back at a powerful memoir exploring death, illness, marriage and memory from an iconic American writer.
A voyage for buried treasure spells trouble for cabin boy Jim Hawkins, who finds himself in the middle of a mutiny with some of the nastiest pirates to ever sail the seven seas.
Crimson is a tale of love, lust, despondency and queer life in modern Greenland.
A classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre.
Reading the original, magical story after thirty years before sampling a collectors edition with a brand new cover from Quentin Blake.