Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Hamnet, the reimagining of the death of Shakespeare’s 11-year-old son, is set in the days of the Bubonic plague. It was published in 2020 and, in the years of work leading up to its release, O’Farrell would never have been able to guess how the plights of the 1580s would resonate for its readers in…More

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor is a 29-year-old social misfit who, following years of a solitary life, sticking to the shadows, becomes enamoured with a musician, which pushes her to be more social. Eleanor’s mix of intelligence, her unusual way of thinking, and a lack of any type of social filter make her a compelling, entertaining character. It’s humorous…More

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

At the top of the year, “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art” was recommended to me alongside Yoga with Adriene’s Breath challenge. I was quick to jump into the yoga challenge but put the book on hold for a few months, as I wasn’t truly convinced of how interesting a book on breathing…More

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

An American friend was surprised when the topic of Mark Twain came up in conversation, and I mentioned I hadn’t read anything by him. I hadn’t even read Huckleberry Finn, which I understand has been a fixture of reading lists in many US schools for many years. So, I decided now was the time to…More

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

It’s a return to Cooper’s Chase in Osman’s follow up to The Thursday Murder Club. 😀 And, straight away, everyone’s favourite group of septuagenarians are contemplating why someone would go on a diet at 82, with Ron wise-cracking that it’s because Zimmer frames make your legs look fat. The peace doesn’t last long as Elizabeth’s…More

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Isabelle is the perfect type of reckless rebel we’ve always been set up to love in a story. The type who runs away from her convent prison to visit a travelling circus. The type who, with just one kiss “realised that the landscape of a woman’s heart could change as quickly as a world at…More