Book of the month

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – November 2020

”I don't just want to be having any kind voice... I want a louding voice.” Adunni is a 14-year-old girl who lives in a small Nigerian town, illegally married off to raise money for her father. Despite her hardships, Adunni is determined to become a success. And one day, someone hears her. ”The most uplifting debut of 2020” – New York Times.

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – October 2020

Warm, wise and laugh-out-loud funny, This Green and Pleasant Land is a life-affirming look at love, faith and the meaning of home. ”A modern comedy of manners ... Malik’s great gift is to present seemingly insoluble issues of faith and intolerance in a light, accessible manner” – Guardian

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – September 2020

A fierce and fresh debut novel, set over the course of two decades in Nigeria, about sisterhood, fate and female resistance. 

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – August 2020

One August afternoon, two sisters go missing from a beach on the far-flung Kamchatka Peninsula in northeastern Russia. Taking us through the year that follows, Disappearing Earth enters the lives of women and girls in this tightly knit community who are connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbour, a detective, a mother. NYT 10 Best Books of the Year, and National Book Award finalist.

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – July 2020

The story of the Trojan War is given from an all-female perspective, providing the slant of the long-silenced women, goddesses and girls at the centre of the action. Shortlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction. 

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – June 2020

A beautifully observed and deeply funny novel about May Attaway, a university gardener with unexpected time off who sets out on an odyssey to reconnect with four old friends over the course of a year.

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – May 2020

”Two Lifetime Crooks Wait for a Missing Daughter, With Shades of Beckett.” – NY Times. Two Irish gangsters in the Spanish port of Algeciras wait for the boat from Tangier, hoping their romantic and familial crises can be righted. Lyrical, menacing and tragicomic.

General Fiction Book of the Month – April 2020

What happened to the women we were supposed to become? Expectation by Anna Hope is a novel about finding your way: as a mother, a daughter, a wife, a rebel.

General Fiction Book of the Month – March 2020

Sea Monsters beautifully renders the perspective of a bored, intelligent, privileged teenage girl – a decadent, solipsistic daydream. Aridjis riffs like a poet, letting each image twist and grow into the next… The novel’s strength lies in its ability to turn to the next magic trick, the next detail, the next sight.

General Fiction Book of the Month – February 2020

The Ghost Factory is the story of two friends growing up in Belfast, where ”the Troubles” are coming to an end, but the loyalist and provo gangs still exert control via organised crime syndicates and punishment beatings. Jacky tries to come to terms with the attack of his best friend (by just such a gang) by running away to London, but is soon forced to face the bullies who still menace a city scarred by conflict.

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