Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier

A man whose life has been entirely devoted to his teaching of ancient languages and books finds himself walking out of his life one day when he comes across a book that speaks to him. He walks out on his classes and heads to Portugal to find the author, and to discover the man whose…

Behind The Scenes At The Museum by Kate Atkinson

Ruby Lennox narrates this story of her life and her family. Funny, startling and often sad, she is the child of a woman who doesn’t want kids, and a father who cheats. The book also slips backwards in time to take in the lives of her ancestors and the events that shaped their lives. The…

Fool Whiskey Hero by JT Blundell

Grady’s life is a mess. He’s ex-military man, with a big alcohol problem, and his wife is about to leave him. Just when he thinks things can’t get any worse, his dead beat drug addicted brother drags him into his problems, and he finds himself embroiled in the search for a mysterious object that a…

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

At the opening of this story by best selling author Liane Moriarty, we are told that one parent has been killed at a primary school event. The book moves back to show events leading up to the murder, and all the secrets that are hidden behind the facade of suburban life. When 24 year old…

Scraped Knees by Kristine Brown

Poetry is a funny thing. It’s kind of forced on us in school, and becomes something we love or hate, something that bores us to tears or moves us deeply. It’s also something that, well, a lot of modern hipsters like to think they’re poets, right? Poems are a lot like man-buns, lumberbeards, Mac laptops…

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Opening in 1807, Rachel grows up on the island of St Thomas, a child beloved by her father, who makes sure that she’s well educated, and a mother who is cold and bitter. In her family there is also Adele, who is their servant, and her daughter, Jestine, who is like a sister to Rachel.…