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The Wrong Woman – JP Pomare

The Wrong Woman – JP Pomare

Fans of JP Pomare will know to expect the unexpected with his latest crime novel The Wrong Woman (Hachette 2022) – plenty of twists and turns, numerous characters who could be victims or perpetrators or witnesses, and an ending that resolves very far away from where...

Bewilderment – Richard Powers

Bewilderment – Richard Powers

‘At the heart of Bewilderment lies the question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperilled planet?’ I was completely captivated by Richard Powers’ awe-inspiring novel The Overstory, and while this next book Bewilderment (Penguin Random...

Fever Dream – Samanta Schweblin

Fever Dream – Samanta Schweblin

Fever Dream (Oneworld Publications 2017) by Samanta Schweblin was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and has been praised widely for its inventiveness and literary, hypnotic spareness. It is described as thrilling, haunting, marvellously ambitious and ambivalent. It is...

Harvest of the Unborn – Cheryl Sullivan

Harvest of the Unborn – Cheryl Sullivan

Harvest of the Unborn (Shawline Publishing 2022) by Cheryl Sullivan is a genre-bending novel set during post World War Two, combining historical fiction with detective crime thriller with science fiction/speculative fiction. It is an ambitious work determined to be...

The Coast – Eleanor Limprecht

The Coast – Eleanor Limprecht

Author Eleanor Limprecht has made a name for herself writing detailed historical fiction novels and her latest, The Coast (Allen and Unwin 2022) is no exception. The Coast is a complex and historically layered account of the treatment of lepers in Australia at the...

Lie With Me – Philippe Besson

Lie With Me – Philippe Besson

Rarely do I read such a beautiful, lyrical, tender, moving and heart-breaking novella as Lie With Me (Penguin 2019) by Philippe Besson, translated from the French in achingly luminous prose by Molly Ringwald. This passionate and romantic story of a blossoming but...

Fault Lines – Emily Itami

Fault Lines – Emily Itami

Fault Lines (Phoenix Books 2021) is a slim novel that is breathtaking in its simplicity, poignant observation and humour. Author Emily Itami uses the title both as an indication of what is going on in her marriage and also in reference to the ever-present threat of an...

Denizen – James McKenzie Watson

Denizen – James McKenzie Watson

Last year’s winner of the Penguin Literary Prize, Denizen (Penguin Viking 2022) is a dark, moving, rural outback, psychological horror thriller that will surely be known as ‘peak bleak’ but in a completely compelling way. Author James McKenzie Watson has created a...

Oh William! – Elizabeth Strout

Oh William! – Elizabeth Strout

Oh Elizabeth Strout! Oh what a wordsmith! Oh William! (Penguin Random House 2021) is a novel of the same understated but supremely clever dissection of persona as Strout’s other characters Olive Kitteridge and Lucy Barton. And as in Olive Again, where we are given an...

Actress – Anne Enright

Actress – Anne Enright

There is something so special about Irish writers and Anne Enright is surely one of the most gifted authors writing today. Her novel Actress (Penguin Random House 2020) is an intimate portrait of a mother and daughter relationship and how it develops and ages over the...

Dinner with the Schnabels – Toni Jordan

Dinner with the Schnabels – Toni Jordan

Set over the course of one week, Toni Jordan’s new novel Dinner with the Schnabels (Hachette 2022) is bursting with her inimitable wit, her intimate characterisations and her unmatched examination of the dynamics of relationships. Jordan has written in a number of...

Cloud Cuckoo Land – Anthony Doerr

Cloud Cuckoo Land – Anthony Doerr

I often note Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning book All The Light We Cannot See as the perfect novel, so what a delight to read his latest work Cloud Cuckoo Land (Harper Collins 2021). Doerr is a master storyteller, whether in his short fiction or his longer...