Tracy Darton (2018) The Truth about Lies, Stripes Publishing; paperback £6.37, kindle, £6.05
Jess has an incredible memory. She can remember every single detail of every single day since she was eleven. But Jess would rather not be remarkable and, after years of testing at the hands of a ruthless research team, she has finally managed to escape.
Fiona Barton (2017) The Child Corgi, paperback £3.99, kindle, £2.99
“Clever and compelling. You’ll love The Child.” “I loved this gripping story that kept me guessing to the end. Barton treats her broken characters with such compassion that I wanted to reach into the pages and hug them.”
Marguerite Van Geldermaslen (2009) Married to a Bedouin, Virago; paperback £9.99, kindle, £6.99
‘”Where you staying?” the Bedouin asked. “Why you not stay with me tonight – in my cave?”‘ Thus begins Marguerite van Geldermalsen’s story of how a New Zealand-born nurse came to be married to Mohammad Abdallah Othman, a Bedouin souvenir-seller from the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. It was 1978 and she and a friend were travelling through the Middle East when Marguerite met the charismatic Mohammad who convinced her that he was the man for her.
Amanda Craig (2018) The Lie of the Land, Abacus; paperback £2.00, kindle, £3.99
“Terrific, page-turning, slyly funny” “As satisfying a novel as I have read in years. It is a wickedly observant comedy of manners, very alert to the way we live now, but somehow never cruel or judgmental. There is much to relish here”
Harriet Evans (2018) The Wild Flowers, Headline Review; paperback £5.99, kindle, £0.99
When I noticed that this book was 540+ pages, I’ll admit to some trepidation – that’s usually the size of two books for me. But those pages flew by, and it was a lovely experience to be in the very safe hands of such a wonderful story teller.
Gail Honeyman (2018) Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Harper Collins; paperback £4.49, kindle, £3.99
Poor Eleanor had an appalling young life and the effects of this continued to haunt her into adulthood. Gradually, after being forced into helping an old man, she is unwilling drawn into forming friendships and becoming more used to human contact.
A. J. Pearce (2018) Dear Mrs Bird, Picador; paperback £7.03, kindle, £4.74
A winning wartime romp . . . as hilarious as it is moving. Emmy is truly charming. When her upper lip finally wobbles, the reader’s will, too. In the end, the novel’s spirit is madly winning, and its foregrounding of wartime women seems spiffingly modern. The sweetest, most uplifting, lovely book about courage, friendship, love. This story of female friendship is just the tonic for that jaded feeling that the world is ugly and mad.
Christine Watson (2018) The Language of Kindness: a Nurse’s Story, Chatto & Windus; paperback £7.03, kindle, £4.74
“If it’s taken a very long time to get a memoir written by a nurse, then it was certainly worth the wait. I have rarely read anything that has moved me as much or taken me by the hand so confidently into an unknown world, teeming with life and haunted by death”
Imogen Hermes Gower (2018) The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, Harvill & Secker; paperback £8.99, kindle, £7.99
An eighteenth century frolic featuring Mr Hancock, a bemused ship owner, Angelica, a high class courtesan and Mrs Chappell a brothel Abbess, and a desiccated and scary looking mermaid.
Laura Purcell (2018) The Silent Companions, Raven Books; paperback £5.19, kindle, £4.93
With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. For inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself.
Abir Mukherjee (2018) A Necessary Evil, Vintage; paperback £8.84, kindle, £7.99
Captain Sam Wyndham and his English educated sergeant, ‘Surrender Not’ Banerjee investigate the death of a Maharaja in 1920s Calcutta and a princely state; all with a sharp sense of humour.
Kate Mosse (2018) The Burning Chambers, Mantle; paperback, published in 2019, kindle, £5.70
Mosse’s fans will relish this tale of secrets, love and treachery. Another of Mosse’s immersive dramas, which takes you to the heart of the past. Mosse does what good popular historical novelists do best – make the past enticingly otherworldly, while also claiming it as our own.