A novel that does what it says, painting a portrait of an ambitious and charming young woman as she seeks to experience all life has to offer.
The books that have had the biggest impact on me this year.
A dreamy, mirage-like novel where things change shape before your eyes.
There are a lot of feelings in Mary Shelley’s cautionary tale of science run amuck, but her depiction of nature in all its untrammelled grandeur is still something to behold.
A short and brutal dissection of societal sickness.
A story of love and war in Nigeria in the 1960s, Half Of A Yellow Sun reaches outwards through history.
A strange, meditative and watery novel.
While the story of The Odyssey is familiar, its narrative still feels more inventive than most contemporary novels.
The Grapes Of Wrath remains a bracingly strange novel about ecological crisis eight decades after it was published.
The Plague is understandably back on best-seller lists: the parallels with our current situation are striking.