||Cutting for Stone
||Best-selling family saga, by an Ethiopian-American medic-author, centring on twin brothers born in Addis Ababa. Chosen by Barak Obama for his summer reading in 2011!
|November 7, 2016
||Gregory David Roberts
||The author is a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict who escaped to India. This thriller draws on the true story of his experiences in Bombay and also about one man’s search for himself and meaning in life.
|December 5, 2016
||The Girl on the Train (2016)
||A hugely popular modern-day psychological thriller, told from three different viewpoints, with unexpected twists and page-turning suspense. Subsequently made into a film.
|January 9, 2017
||Where my Heart Used to Beat (2015)
||Latest offering from a contemporary master novelist. An English psychiatrist who has seen the best and the worst of the twentieth century is forced to confront the events that made up his life, in the company of his mysterious host on a Mediterranean island.
|February 6, 2017
||Shortlisted for the 2013 Man booker Prize. The story of a remote English village as economic progress disrupts the traditional way of life following land enclosure to make way for commercial sheep-farming. One of Crace’s principal themes is the slipping of one age into the next - that “everything new worth having is paid for by the loss of something old worth keeping”.
|March 6, 2017
||The Map of Love (1999)
||Shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999. The writer was educated in Egypt and England, & this novel weaves an account of the consequences of British imperialism and Egyptian nationalism through the romantic love story of a British woman and an Egyptian nationalist – seen through the eyes a modern-day American descendant.
|April 3, 2017
||The Road to Little Dribbling (2015)
||Bryson’s new journey around Britain to see what has changed in the 20 years since his acclaimed “Notes from a Small Island”. A humorous take on our national quirks.
|May 8, 2017
||A God in Every Stone (2014)
||Novel centring on a young female archaeologist, and stretching from the ancient Persian empire to the waning days of the British empire (in Pakistan), reminding us that we all have our place in the chaos of history and that much of what is lost will not be forgotten. Other themes are friendship, injustice, love and betrayal.
|Summer read 2017
||The Surgeon of Crowthorne (1998)
||The changed title for North American publication sums it up – “The Professor and the Madman: a tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary”. The true and unlikely story behind the compilation of the first Oxford English Dictionary.