The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Richard Osman is someone I’ve long admired for his Stephen-Fry-like ability to articulate knowledge on a wide variety of subjects in a way that is both witty and accessible. He’s the type of person for whom words seem to flow oh-so-effortlessly. It therefore took me by surprise to learn that writing a novel was a…More

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

I enjoyed this book a lot! Two outcasts, both living in a luxury Parisian apartment building, take turns to share snippets from their lifes. The first of the aforementioned outcasts is Renée Michel, the building’s 54 year-old concierge. Renée is a cultured autodidact who lives a life of solitude and hides her true self from…More

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

The Year of Magical Thinking has been on my “to read” list for a long time. It’s a book that often comes up in conversation around favourites and, just last year, a (now former) colleague noted it had played a key part in helping them to realise it was time to move onto a new…More

A Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

Time travel in stories has always been one of my biggest bugbears. I have vague memories of a teacher warning my young self away from using time travel as a way to “correct” plot points in stories, so wonder whether those early warnings may have been the seed to my dislike. I feel differently about…More

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

I found Stumbling on Happiness to be a fascinating insight into the way our brains are programmed. As someone who is studying code, I couldn’t help but think of navigating our brains’ inner workings as akin to working with a large legacy code base. This particular code base is brilliant and works magnificently, though we…More

The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

We have a disenchanted widower, a baby abandoned at the doorstep of his bookstore, and an unlucky-in-love sales representative who takes an immediate dislike to the store’s snarky owner. Along the way we meet an assortment of other characters in the remote island where the story’s set, all of whom tie into the theme of…More