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A Month in Siena – Hisham Matar


The author was 19 years old when his father was kidnapped and in the months that followed, he found himself increasingly turning to art as a refuge, particularly to the exquisite paintings of the Sienese School — many of them pictured here. A moving personal story, with an evocative description of the medieval city plus astute observations on art and architecture.

A Room Made of Leaves – Kate Grenville


Inspired by the real life story of Elizabeth Veale, the ward of a Devon clergyman, who met and married imperious soldier John Macarthur in 1788 at the age of 21, and set sail for a New South Wales penal colony, this is historical fiction at its best. Vividly-drawn characters, a strong sense of place, and an unusually distinctive narrative voice which beautifully captures the trepidation of a young woman embarking on a harsh new life with a virtual stranger while discovering the inner strength and resolve to forge a future for herself.

Ask Again, Yes – Mary Beth Keane


The Gleesons and the Stanhopes move to a quiet town in upstate New York to escape the pressures of the city, but find mounting work and family tensions have far-reaching consequences for them all. A bestselling title, much praised in the USA, and a compelling, compassionate, and totally absorbing exploration of friendship, comradeship, and loyalty.

Death Sets Sail – Robin Stevens


The latest in the Murder Most Unladylike mystery series in which schoolgirls Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong take a cruise along the Nile hoping to see some ancient Egyptian temples and possibly a mummy or two, and find themselves unexpectedly embroiled in a murder case…

Age guide 8-11 years

Every Little Piece of My Heart – Non Pratt


Intriguing story of Sophie who receives a parcel from her best friend Freya, following the latter’s sudden and unexplained disappearance, and expects it to contain a note explaining everything. Instead she finds a letter addressed to Win, a girl Freya barely knew. Or did she? More letters arrive – all to people seemingly on the periphery of Freya’s life – and Win joins Sophie in an attempt to piece together the truth. Age guide 13+ years.

Inland – Tea Obreht


By the author of the prize-winning novel The Tiger’s Wife, this is a vividly imagined story of the 19th century American West as told through the lives of a tough frontierswoman fending for herself and her children in the harsh Arizona landscape, and a wandering former outlaw surviving on his wits. Beautifully written and skilfully structured.

Mr Scruff – Simon James


Poor Mr. Scruff is alone and downhearted at the dogs’ home until one day a very special boy arrives and the two realise they are destined to be together. A warm, humorous story with delightful pictures by an award-winning author/illustrator. Age guide 3-6 years

Ride the Wind – Nicola Davies and Salvatore Rubbino


On one of his father’s fishing trips Javier discovers an injured albatross, and unbeknown to anyone begins to try and nurse it back to health so that it can fly home. A heart-warming story, beautifully told and vibrantly illustrated. Age guide 3-6 years

Spaghetti Hunters – Morag Hood


A very funny picture book in which Duck and Tiny Horse — armed with a fishing rod, a jar of peanut butter and some binoculars — set out to find Duck’s lost spaghetti. Gloriously silly text, fabulous illustrations, and a clever message about the joys of home cooking. Age guide 2 -5 years

The Sandpit – Nicholas Shakespeare


Elegantly and skilfully structured thriller set in Oxford. John Dyer, former newspaper journalist turned academic researcher and writer, meets Rustum Marvar, a scientist and fellow father at his son’s school. Rustum entrusts him with some information, and vanishes, drawing the attention of a succession of diplomats, financiers, oligarchs and intelligence officers eager to obtain whatever John Dyer was given.

The Second Sleep – Robert Harris


A young priest is sent to a remote Exmoor parish to conduct the funeral of a recently deceased pastor only to find himself caught up in an intriguing local mystery. Gripping and ingenious with a clever and unexpected twist, this is a thought-provoking exploration of notions of past, present and the precarious nature of human society.