Graham Norton Recommends His Top 5 Reads of 2018
Following up on the promise of his widely acclaimed debut, Holding, Graham Norton's new novel, A Keeper, is a deft, humane and keenly observed novel of secrets and consequence. Ranging from the Hebrides to Harlem, the author recommends his five favourite novels of 2018, exclusively for Waterstones.
This was an unexpected treat. I'm not normally a fan of historical fiction but this tale has enough tension and oddness to give it a very contemporary feel. It will also make you want to visit the wilds of Scotland.
Apparently this is going to be the last in the Shetland series but it was the first one I've read. Brilliantly plotted with the sort of fully fleshed out characters one rarely finds in crime fiction it made me want to read all the previous. Oddly this story will also make you want to visit the wilds of Scotland!
This book was published a couple of years ago and it was on my "to read" pile for quite a while. I was sorry I'd waited. It is a compelling family saga that gives a fascinating insight into he New York AIDS activists of the eighties. It is also one of the best depictions I've read of addiction. Not for the faint hearted.
If you have seen the documentary Paris is Burning then you'll recognise some of the characters in this book. Taking real life events and mixing them with fiction Cassara has written a heart breaking tale of gay men struggling to survive in a world of clubbing and drugs. It is also an unexpected love story.
Again it took me a while to get around to reading this one, but what an extraordinary unexpected book this is! An historical novel that spans continents it is at its heart the story of a man finding love against all the odds.
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