Frances Finkel and the Passenger Pigeon by D. M. Mahoney

A nice, heart-warming read about teenager Frances Finkel and her yearning to become a fighter plane pilot in the Second World War

The Ice Barn by Ian Pateman

A tale of a frontier town and the promise offered by gold prospecting – dark, threatening and thrilling, and excellently told

The Land, The Land by Robin Hawdon

One farmer’s fight to preserve the land that his family has farmed for generations is a story of the little man versus the power of money

The Hotchkiss by Pierre Lawrence

Short but definitely not sweet, this novella holds all the hallmarks of a good short story and is threaded with dark humour throughout

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The book that begins Maya Angelou’s memoir is full of her experiences at a young age of what is wrong with the world but also, what is right

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

A modern novel containing the essence of the classic fairytale with its hints of the magical – like a river, a story of twists and turns

The Adventures of Toby Wey by Gavin Scott

The wonderfully told story of Toby Wey who, from humble origins, has an adventurous, character-filled life surviving by living on his wits