Book of the month

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – July 2020

The story of the Trojan War is given from an all-female perspective, providing the slant of the long-silenced women, goddesses and girls at the centre of the action. Shortlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction. 

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – June 2020

A beautifully observed and deeply funny novel about May Attaway, a university gardener with unexpected time off who sets out on an odyssey to reconnect with four old friends over the course of a year.

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – May 2020

”Two Lifetime Crooks Wait for a Missing Daughter, With Shades of Beckett.” – NY Times. Two Irish gangsters in the Spanish port of Algeciras wait for the boat from Tangier, hoping their romantic and familial crises can be righted. Lyrical, menacing and tragicomic.

General Fiction Book of the Month – April 2020

What happened to the women we were supposed to become? Expectation by Anna Hope is a novel about finding your way: as a mother, a daughter, a wife, a rebel.

General Fiction Book of the Month – March 2020

Sea Monsters beautifully renders the perspective of a bored, intelligent, privileged teenage girl – a decadent, solipsistic daydream. Aridjis riffs like a poet, letting each image twist and grow into the next… The novel’s strength lies in its ability to turn to the next magic trick, the next detail, the next sight.

General Fiction Book of the Month – February 2020

The Ghost Factory is the story of two friends growing up in Belfast, where ”the Troubles” are coming to an end, but the loyalist and provo gangs still exert control via organised crime syndicates and punishment beatings. Jacky tries to come to terms with the attack of his best friend (by just such a gang) by running away to London, but is soon forced to face the bullies who still menace a city scarred by conflict.

General Fiction Book of the Month – January 2020

Everyone knows Daisy Jones and The Six. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, the split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now.

General Fiction Book of the Month – December 2019

A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature … Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders-and dangers-of her private world.

General Fiction Book of the Month – November 2019

A wise, sensitive novel about Russia, exile, family, love, history and fate, this work asks what people owe the place they were born, and in return, what it owes them.

General Fiction Book of the Month – October 2019

The great, forgotten anti-Nazi book everyone must read. First published in 1938, US author Kathrine Kressmann Taylor’s forgotten classic is a devastating work of political fiction that still resonates today.