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Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. The TV presenter’s debut novel is a laugh-out-loud mystery.

 
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life but finds herself abandoned by her husband and trapped with her children in a decimated mining town. As she descends deeper into drink, the children try their best to save her – it is her son Shuggie who holds out hope the longest as he tries to help his mother escape this hopeless place.
The book, which won the 2020 Booker Prize, lays bare the ruthlessness of poverty, the limits of love, and the hollowness of pride.

 
The law of Innocence by Michael Connolly The law of Innocence by Michael Connolly

Heading home after winning his latest case, defense attorney Mickey Haller is pulled over by the police. They open the trunk of his car to find the body of a former client. In order to truly walk free, Haller knows he must find the real killer - that is the law of innocence. Fans of legal thrillers will not be disappointed by this – the 6th book in the Lincoln Lawyer series.

 
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Nora Seed attempts to take her own life to escape misery and regret. But instead of death, Nora finds herself in a library where each books represents a version of her life where she made different choices. Slowly the realisation comes that no life is perfect and just to be alive is a miracle but will she get the chance to reshape her old life with the new insights she has gained? Haig’s uplifting novel is a celebration of life’s possibilities.

 
Hamnet by Maggie O’FarrellHamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Hamnet is a vivid reimagining of Shakespeare’s family life before and after the death of his only son. When the tragedy strikes the family, William throws himself into his work producing the play considered by many to be his greatest work. The death threatens to tear the family apart as they struggle to cope in its aftermath. This book is about grief and loss, and the means by which people find their way through.

 
Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

Rodham is a reimagining of Hillary Rodham’s life if she had turned down Bill Clinton’s marriage proposal. Sittenfeld brilliantly weaves a riveting fictional tale into actual historical events as Hillary blazes her own trail - one that unfolds in public as well as in private, that involves crossing paths again (and again) with Bill Clinton. The book raises questions about the tradeoffs all of us must make in building a life.

 
The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo

In the mountains of Norway a man lives a peaceful existence. However one day his younger brother, always the more successful and charming of the two, turns up to visit, accompanied by his new wife. It soon turns out that the little brother is not quite as angelic as he seems.
A tense and atmospheric standalone thriller from the best-selling author of Nordic Noir.

 
American Dirt by Jeanine CumminsAmerican Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

American Dirt follows a middle-class Mexican woman and her son, who find themselves on the migrant trail to the US border, after surviving the massacre of 16 members of their family by a local drug cartel.
American Dirt is a gripping read which brings into sharp focus the harrowing experience of thousands of migrants who cross the US-Mexico border each year.

 
The Mirror and the Light by Hillary Mantel The Mirror and the Light by Hillary Mantel

The final instalment in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy leads King Henry VIII’s chief minister from the heart of power in Tudor England to the executioner’s block. Mantel skilfully depicts her coldly calculating, covertly idealistic protagonist and the equally complex people he encounters in his rise and fall from power. The Mirror & the Light marks a triumphant end to a spellbinding story.

 
Weather by Jenny Offill Weather by Jenny Offill

Weather is narrated by librarian Lizzie, who speaks with frankness about her daily preoccupations and ordinary anxieties. These include worries about her troubled mother, her recovering-addict brother – and the climate emergency. Darkly funny, Weather is a thought provoking read which captures the anxiety and absurdity of the 21st Century.

 

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