The Muse by Amy Ellis

A surprisingly good novel in verse about the life of a portrait painter, brimming with sensuality & its evocation of attitudes of the time

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

A lovely book about kind people being nice to each other with a touch of the other worldly and gentle humour

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

A masterful mystery, unique and incredibly well-written – you must read it for yourself to be baffled and wowed.

One August Night by Victoria Hislop

Continuing where The Island finished, One August Night takes us back to Crete and the families of Plaka and their subsequent dramas

Monsoon Summer by Julia Gregson

A story of colonialism, tradition and families, told from the perspective of a British woman heading to India as it establishes independence