Book of the month

Book of the month

Tough Crime Book of the Month – February 2018

Chance is a suspenseful and mind-bending novel about Eldon Chance, a forensic neuropsychiatrist at the end of his rope now a major TV series starring Hugh Laurie and Gretchen Mol. A dark story about psychiatric mystery, sexual obsession, fractured identities, and terrifyingly realistic violence; a tale told amid the back streets of California’s Bay Area, far from the cleansing breezes of the ocean. 

General Fiction Book of the Month – February 2018

Opening with an act of inexplicable violence, Idaho is a stunning debut about loss, grief and redemption. In a story told from multiple perspectives and in razor-sharp prose, we gradually learn more about this act, and the way its violence, love and memory reverberate through the life of every character in Idaho.

British Crime Book of the Month – January 2018

London Society takes their problems to Sherlock Holmes. Everyone else goes to Arrowood. 1895: London’s scared. A killer haunts the city’s streets. The poor are hungry; crime bosses are taking control; the police force stretched to breaking point. In a dark corner of Southwark, victims turn to a man who despises Holmes, his wealthy clientele and his showy forensic approach to crime: Arrowood – self-taught psychologist, occasional drunkard and private investigator.

General Fiction Book of the Month – January 2018

Evoking a Britain of the early eightiesMy Name is Leon is a heart-breaking story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how – just when we least expect it – we manage to find our way home.

British Crime Book of the Month – December 2017

An atmospheric new crime series set in the Channel Islands. Following a traumatic incident in London, Jennifer Dorey has returned to her childhood home in Guernsey, taking a job as a reporter at the local newspaper. After the discovery of a drowned woman on a beach, she uncovers a pattern of similar deaths that have taken place over the past fifty years...

General Fiction Book of the Month – December 2017

The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, National Book Award-shortlisted George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven-year-old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War.  Unfolding over a single night, Lincoln in the Bardo is written with George Saunders' inimitable humour, pathos and grace. 

Tough Crime Book of the Month – November 2017

Welcome to Unknown Pleasures, a food stand in Taipei’s night market named after a Joy Division album, and also the location for a new mystery set in the often undocumented Taiwan. August is Ghost Month in Taiwan – a time to pay respects to the dead and avoid unlucky omens...

General Fiction Book of the Month – November 2017

A moving and beautifully observed novel, of adolescence, ambition and self-realization, of fathers and sons, set in contemporary Bombay, by the Man Booker Prize winning author of The White Tiger and Last Man in Tower.

British Mystery Book of the Month – October 2017

The genteel façade of London's Hampstead is shattered by a series of terrifying murders, and the ensuing police hunt is threatened by internal politics, and a burgeoning love triangle within the investigative team. Pressurised by senior officers desperate for a result a new initiative is clearly needed, but what? Praised by fellow authors and readers alike, this is a truly original crime story, speaking to a contemporary audience yet harking back to the Golden Age of detective fiction. Intelligent, quirky and mannered, it has been described as ’a love letter to the detective novel’. (Join the Crime reading group in Uppsala to discuss this book.)

General Fiction Book of the Month – October 2017

In the wake of family collapse, a writer and her two young sons move to London. The process of upheaval is the catalyst for a number of transitions – personal, moral, artistic, practical – as she endeavours to construct a new reality for herself and her children. ”Page-turningly enthralling and charged with the power to move” – Guardian. (Join our Modern Fiction Reading Group to discuss this book!)
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