Candice Carty-Williams

Queenie starts her year messy, feckless and completely lacking in self-awareness. I was so onboard with her journey that I didn’t want it to end.

She’s a challenging character with impulses I struggled to understand, but I fell in love with her.

Old Baggage

Lissa Evans

Mattie is a feisty, robust stoic who’s suffering from a lack of purpose since the Suffragette movement was curtailed by WW1. She is a gem of a lead character and this historical novel is challenging, funny and absolutely wonderful.


Kate Atkinson

If you like an intricately researched spy novel with a strong female lead that’ll make you smirk with its wry humour, then read this smasher.

An American Marriage

Tayari Jones

This story of injustice, racism and ownership in relationships made me pause for thought. The characters are flawed and relatable and the different perspectives offered by the change in narration gave it a rounded and satisfying feel.

Worst Case Scenario

Helen Fitzgerald

This dark and hilarious novel is a twisted joy to read. It fizzes with humour as Mary, the menopausal, sardonic probation officer, makes one poor choice after another leaving the reader holding their breath for the next catastrophe in her chaotic life.

I bloody loved this book!

Girl, Woman, Other

Bernadine Evaristo

More a collection of interlinked character studies than a conventional novel, this book grabbed my heart and mind. It tells us of various black women, their diverse and fascinating stories going back generations. I am in awe at how Evaristo captures a new and convincing voice for each character regardless of age and background.

Don't Think a Single Thought

Diana Cambridge

This is a rich and compelling read. For me it was a combination of Revolutionary Road and Killing Eve. 1950’s author, Emma, is a complex, damaged, unreliable and fascinating character and we’re never quite sure what to think of her. A short, but wonderful book.

The Mother I Could Have Been

Kerry Fisher

In this excellent page turner Fisher explores complex family dynamics and the raw truths of motherhood. The complicated experience of being a mother at different stages is laid bare, but with a remarkable lightness of touch and often humorous tone.

Fisher is an incredibly clever storyteller, but it’s her relatable and believable characters that will always make me want to read more of her work.

Between the Stops

Sandi Toksvig

This memoir is poignant, hilarious and thought-provoking. It’s unusual in that the starting points are observations from the top deck of the bus, leading on to significant moments in Sandi’s life. I loved it. I love her.

The Lies We Hide

S E Lynes

In this deeply moving, powerful and compassionate book, S E Lynes brings to life Carol, a victim of domestic abuse, and her family who are all affected by their past for the rest of their lives.

Lynes’ writing is masterful, building unbearable tension, breaking it with humour, painting the world of the book in technicolor. It’s a winding and satisfying story. Highly recommended!

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