The Music Shop
by Rachel Joyce
The healing power of music, the strength of community, a belief in second chances, and characters as vivid and touching as Harold Fry. A wonderful book! Published 13 July.
Everyone Brave is Forgiven
by Chris Cleave
Set in London and Malta during the Second World War, the novel explores the ways external events influence the private lives of four characters.
Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
by James Runcie
The Gustav Sonata
by Rose Tremain
An astonishing book - understated, moving, thought-provoking, atmospheric. Tremain is an amazing writer.
The Empathy Problem
by Gavin Extence
A gentle, unsentimental, amusing and thoughtful read set in the financial district of London. Published in August.
My Italian Bulldozer
by Alexander McCall Smith
Both funny and wise, this story lifts the spirits and makes you want to get on a plane to Italy immediately! A wonderful book!
The Last Pilot
by Benjamin Johncock
A fascinating look at life at the start of the space race for a pilot, husband and father. Intriguing, clever and mesmerising.