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Reading List for 2016/17

Month   Author  Title   More Info
October, 2016 Abraham Verghase 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 Shantaram (2003) 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 Paula Hawkins 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 Sebastian Faulks 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 Jim Crace Harvest (2013) 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 Ahdaf Soueif 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 Bill Bryson 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 Kamila Shamsie 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 Simon Winchester 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.


Reading list from January 2016 to October 2016

Month   Author  Title   More Info
Jan, 2016 JoJo Moyes Me before You The highly readable, moving yet humorous story of a paraplegic and his carer ... and the surprises of their journey together.
Feb, 2016 Maggie O'Farrell The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox The secrets of an elderly lady - a daughter of the Raj - released from a sixty year confinement in a Scottish mental institution.
Mar, 2016 Victoria Hislop The Island Based around the leper colony on the island of Spinalonga off Crete and the wartime experiences of the local population.
Apr, 2016 Stephen Galloway The Cellist of Sarajevo Inspired by a true story from Sarajevo under siege - four interlinked lives, the power of music, the reclamation of humanity amidst the ravages of war.
May, 2016 Alan Bennett The Uncommon Reader Wry speculation about follows when HMQ is exposed to the temptations of a mobile library
May, 2016 Susan Hill Howard's End is on the Landing One writer's vow to shun new books and revisit the literary treasures she has accumulated over many years.
June, 2016 Colm Toibin Nora Webster Ireland's foremost contemporary writer
Sept, 2016 Georgina Howell Queen of the Desert - The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell  Summer read
Sept, 2016 Charles Addison The History of the Knights Templar  Summer read