Unlimited Overs - Roger Morgan-Grenville
The humorous and heart-warming tale of the White Hunters cricket team as they go from disaster to triumph over the course of a season. A tale of competitiveness, suspense, excellence, hospitality and incompetence - such as the missing fielder found asleep in the woods and the two opening bowlers whose MG Roadster breaks down on the way to the game.
Milkman - Anna Burn
Firefly – Henry Porter
Naji is a young Syrian boy who knows too much about an ISIS terror cell, trying to escape to Europe. They are hot on his heels and so are MI6, amongst others. Who are the good guys and will they get to him in time? Consistently intelligent and fast-moving.
So Much Life Left Over – Louis de Bernieres
Set between the wars of the 20th century and based on de Bernieres’ family story, this novel uses his trademark blend of heartbreak and humour.
Normal People – Sally Rooney
Connell is the popular boy in school – athletic and bright. Marianne’s background is affluent and complex and she is an outsider at school. This is the story of their relationship – fabulous dialogue full of insight into what it is to be young in the 21st century.
Love is Blind – William Boyd
Young pianist Brodie Moncur escapes from the dour Scottish ,manse of his childhood for a life of colour in Paris…..and falls in love. This picaresque adventure is trademark Boyd: full of entertainment and insight.
Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
Divided loyalties. Religion vs state. Family vs country. This story is amazingly prescient and will have you gripped to the last page.
This Must Be The Place – Maggie O’Farrell
An engrossing love story from the consistently underrated Maggie O’Farrell – a great summer read
A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
Considered an unrepentant aristo Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced by a Bolshevik tribunal to indefinite house arrest in the Hotel Metropol. The most charming witty novel you will read this year.
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
In an affluent American suburb the Richardson family go about their entitled lives but all that changes when they rent a property to enigmatic artist Mia and her teenage daughter.
Ng delivers a wonderful contemporary novel with an ethical dilemma at its heart.
The Skylark’s War – Hilary McKay
Set in the years leading up to WW1, this hugely engaging story of a girl growing up without a mother and with a hopelessly inadequate father is the best children’s book we have read in a while. With echoes of the Railway Children, this was the 2018 Costa winner.