Sometimes you just want to read a book you know will be GOOD. These ten books are the best of everything I have reviewed in the past 18 months. Click on the title for full review.
Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann (Independent, 5 Aug 2012) Dark psychological literary thriller set on Martha’s Vineyard. Mad Men on sea.
The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberg (Red, 1 Aug 2012) Witty, modern novel about an internet marriage gone wrong. Brilliant.
Sugar in the Blood by Andrea Stuart (Telegraph, 24 July 2012) Very readable history of sugar and slavery mingled with the author’s family story.
Where D’You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple (Red, 4 July 2012) Surreal, hilarious tale of “the greatest female architect in history” and her disastrous life.
The Land of Decoration by Grace McLeen (Independent, 11 March 2012) Acclaimed first novel about a girl growing up a Jehovah’s Witness. Clever, funny, intimate.
Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville (Telegraph, 14 February 2012) Brilliant historical fiction from one of Australia’s best writers.
The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright (Independent, 15 May 2011) Madame Bovary set against the backdrop of the Dublin property crash. One of my favourite novels of the past five years.
The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe (Telegraph, 13 May 2011) The original Sex and the City set in the 1950s. Don Draper’s read it.
Other People’s Money by Justin Cartwright (Observer, 20 March 2011) Delightful novel which finally explains, painlessly, the why and how of the financial crisis.
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen (Observer, 9 Jan 2011) Fantastic memoir of a woman who finds herself moving back in with her parents when her husband meets a man on gay.com.