I am an example of an inept bookseller. In a publisher's ideal world I should be reading the latest whatever. Sadly for publishers, I often read books months or years after they have been published. Over the years I have read a number of McEwan's novels: Amsterdam (1998), Atonement (2001), and Saturday (2005). I loved them all. When his novella-like novel, On Chesil Beach, (2007) was pressed into my hands recently, I had my doubts. The characters made me uncomfortable and I found myself cringing with a sense of foreboding. But the magic of the writing - the finely drawn characters, and remarkable insight into their passions and torments and the ways that we converse (and don't) - transformed my discomfort into a very special experience of complicated clarity, somehow peaceful and smooth - like finely polished pebbles.
By Sally Rooney
BARB - Normal People won last year's Man Booker and also was the bestselling book in Britain. It's all well deserved as she understands the zeitgeist of the young, no matter what age they grew up in!
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
By Charlie Mackesy
From the revered British illustrator, a modern fable for all ages that explores life's universal lessons, featuring 100 color and black-and-white drawings."What do you want to be when you grow up?" asked the mole."Kind," said the boy."
By Michael Crummey
Beautiful but dark. The language is biblical and captures and awakens you to the trials of living. A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland's northern coastline. Their home is a stretch of rocky shore governed by the feral ocean, by a relentless pendulum of abundance and murderous scarcity. Very powerful writing!
The Testaments: A Novel
By Margaret Atwood
Let's sing a hymn of praise to Margaret Atwood and all of the important work that she continues to do! Co-winner of the Mann Booker Prize this year!
By Emily St John Mandel
An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse. Kind of flying off the shelf right now!
A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel
By Amor Towles
What underpins this fantastic novel is scrupulous attention to detail!
The Dutch House: A Novel
By Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.