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Staff Picks 2021

Adult Fiction

Best of Friends by Kamila ShamsieBest of Friends by Kamila Shamsie
Bloomsbury 2022

Fourteen-year-old Maryam and Zahra have always been the best of friends, despite their different backgrounds. Three decades later, in London, little has changed in their friendship. But when unwelcome ghosts from their shared past re-enter their world, both women find themselves driven to act in ways that will stretch and twist their bond beyond all recognition. Best of Friends is a novel about power and how we use it, and about what we owe to those who've loved us the longest.


The Bullet that Missed by Richard OsmanThe Bullet that Missed by Richard Osman
Viking 2022

Osman's beloved ageing investigators return in another captivating mystery that blends wry wit and deft characterisation with fast-paced, intricate plotting. It is an ordinary Thursday, and things should finally be returning to normal; except trouble is never far away where the Thursday Murder Club are concerned. A local news legend is on the hunt for a sensational headline, and soon the gang are hot on the trail of two murders, ten years apart.


Act of Oblivion by Robert HarrisAct of Oblivion by Robert Harris
Hutchinson Heinemann 2022

It is 1660, General Edward Whalley and Colonel William Goffe, father- and son-in-law, cross the Atlantic. They are on the run and wanted for the murder of Charles I. In London, Richard Nayler, secretary of the regicide committee of the Privy Council, is
tasked with tracking down the fugitives. He'll stop at nothing until the two men are brought to justice. Act of Oblivion is an epic journey across continents, and a chase like no other.


The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'FarrellThe Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell
Tinder Press 2022

In 1560s Florence; Lucrezia, third daughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, is comfortable with her obscure place in the palazzo. But when her older sister dies on the eve of her marriage, Lucrezia is thrust unwittingly into the limelight: the duke is quick to request her hand in marriage, and her father to accept on her behalf. Having barely left girlhood behind, Lucrezia must now make her way in a troubled court whose customs are opaque and where her arrival is not universally welcomed.


The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan KarunatilakaThe Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka
Sort of Books 2022

Maali Almeida, is a dead photographer who sets out to solve the mystery of his own death and is given one week during which he can travel between the afterlife and the real world. In this time, he hopes to retrieve a set of photographs, stored under a bed, and to persuade his friends to share them widely to expose the brutalities of the Sri Lankan Civil War.
One of Sri Lanka's foremost authors, Shehan Karunatilaka is back with a searing satire and state-of-the-nation epic that proves yet again that the best fiction offers the deeper truth.


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