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The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco

A book about books, this is the story of a young novice in the 1300’s who goes to a mysterious abbey with his master, a monk called William Of Baskerville. At that place, a papal delegation is going to be sent to debate religious doctrine that is tearing apart the fabric of society at the…

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

It seems like there is a glut of books now where two parallel narratives in two times link up to solve the mysteries of the other, one being in the past and the other being in the present. It feels like it’s own genre, perhaps. One of the finest examples of this is Sebastian Barry’s…

The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty

I think everyone has heard of Liane Moriarty by now. Her books are huge bestsellers and are being adapted into movies and TV series. I think what makes her so enjoyable is that though she writes about serious subjects, she remains grounded, and often though her books look at complex problems, there’s always a balance…

True Grit by Charles Portis

Perhaps this book really needs no introduction, like many classic pieces of literature. It has had two major movie adaptations, and was for a long time required reading on school book lists, so it’s widely known and loved. It’s the story of 14 year old Mattie Ross, a determined teen who lives in frontier territory.…

The Dry by Jane Harper

Following the death of his childhood best friend, Federal police officer Aaron Falk returns from Melbourne to the small country town he grew up in. His old friend Luke apparently killed himself after murdering his wife and six year old son and in the town of Kiewarra tensions are high. The grip of a two…

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

In 20’s and 30’s Barcelona, David Martin is a teenager whose father has died, and who works in a newspaper office. When his short stories make the back page, he’s launched on a career as a writer of lurid, crowd pleasing fiction, but he has a dream of writing something more literary. While he makes…