A new novel set in the Second World War from Chris Cleave and more...
Guest contributors Nina and Simon highlight some of their recent reads.
I was delighted that today was the day for my guest recommendations as it's publication day for these treasures.
Sometimes books come along that I want to hug. Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain by Barney Norris is one. It's a wonderfully woven tale of five people whose lives are interlinked by an accident. Told from different perspectives including, a young teenage boy and an elderly man. It is truly one of the most beautiful books I've read, with such perfectly crafted sentences. Emotional and evocative, it's a book I read with my heart.
The Last of Us by Rob Ewing is a stunning debut. Set on an island off the coast of Scotland it tells the story of 6 children who are the survivors of a pandemic. Rona is 8 and tries to hold together the group, and the belief that there must be other people alive somewhere, and that they'll be rescued. There
I'm a huge fan of books set during WW1 and WW2. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave will be added to, amongst others, Wake by Anna Hope, Before The Fall by Juliet West, and, Devastation Road by Jason Hewitt as one of my favourites. Mary North signs up for war and rather than a position helping the war movement, finds herself teaching a group of children deemed too 'different' to have been evacuated from
A big faux pas when travelling on public transport is laughing out loud, so beware if you read Lisa Owen's Not Working on your daily commute. I chuckled and
I am a huge fan of characters who remain
There is much that is brilliant about this
The real star of it all is the writing both with the characters and their stories Garth creates but with his descriptions and underlying tensions and atmospheres. You wouldn’t think you could describe an opening scene set in an underground toilet as evocative and sensual but with Garth’s prose it is just that. What Belongs To You is concentrated brilliance, a short novel that packs an emotive and thought
A compelling, moving tale of a love affair, set in the East End during World War 1 and inspired by an unforgettable true story
Remembrance Day 1920: A wartime secret connects three women's lives: Hettie whose wounded brother won't speak; Evelyn who still grieves for her lost lover; and Ada, who has never received an official letter about her son's death, and is still waiting for him to come home. Can these three women ever let go of the past?
Holly Wright has had a difficult few years. After her mother's death, she's become expert at keeping people at a distance - including her boyfriend, Rupert. But when Holly receives an unexpected letter explaining that an aunt she never met has left her a house on the Greek island of Zakynthos, the walls she has built begin to crumble.