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

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