The first book on my list has just been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and is the best book of the year for me. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is set in New York and is not an easy read in any way but is a searing experience that will leave you feeling changed. If you fancy stepping back in time, I’d suggest a visit to London during the Blitz with Noonday by Pat Barker or take a hop to Kenya and jump in a plane with Paula McLain who gives us the life of aviatrix Beryl Markham in Circling the Sun. For smart, contemporary thrillers, turn the pages with Sophie Hannah in A Game for All the Family or live through every mother’s worst nightmare in Gilly MacMillan’s Burnt Paper Sky. Finally, I can offer you literary comfort food with the sweetly warm journey of a chef in Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal.
Wishing you many happy reading hours.