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Not Out of the Woods - Roger Morgan-Grenville

How hard can it be to learn how to play golf?  Roger, his son and two friends decide to get good enough to play at a proper course and find that its quite tricky…A very funny book from the author of Not Out First Ball.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven - Chris Cleave

Based on his grandparents' experience, and much more than a wartime romance, Cleave brings a fresh perspective to the London Blitz and the seige of Malta in this gripping novel.

Hag-Seed – Margaret Atwood

This is a wonderful retelling of  The Tempest in a Canadian prison setting. The most enjoyable Atwood for years.

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 Noise of Time – Julian Barnes

Barnes proves again why he is at forefront of contemporary British fiction with this short meditation on the relationship between art and power.

The Explorer – Katherine Rundell

When their plane crashes, four children are stranded in the Amazon jungle.  Now they have to survive alone – but was someone there before them? This exuberant and joyful story was the Sunday Times Children’s Book of the year.

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.

The Lie of the Land – Amanda Craig

Quentin and Lottie unhappily separated both lose their jobs and can’t afford to live in London or divorce, and so are forced to live together in Devon.  Part social satire, part mystery, this State of  the Nation novel is brilliantly plotted and full of wit.

Mothering Sunday – Graham Swift

How will Jane Fairchild, orphan and housemaid, occupy her time when she has no mother to visit? Mothering Sunday has at its heart both the story of a life and the life that stories can magically contain. Graham Swift at his best.

The Children Act – Ian McEwan

A short but beautifully weighted novel about Life and Death - McEwan at his best.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan

Set before, during and after WWII, this is the story of Dorrigo Evans - lover, surgeon, war hero and survivor of the Burma Death Railway. Very moving and a worthy Booker winner.

Midwinter Break – Bernard MacLaverty

A retired Northern Irish couple fly to Amsterdam for a short break to take stock of their lives and the traumatic events that lurk in their history.  A thoughtful book about the complexity of love, faith and the enduring legacy of the Troubles.

Harvest – Jim Crace

Arguably the most polished writer of English around. A brilliant novel about the countryside and change.

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

Ostensibly another post-apocalyptic novel, this is so much more. A book about what you need to survive spiritually, mentally and emotionally.