‘The Roanoke Girls’ by Amy Engel

When Lane learns that her cousin Allegra is missing, she is forced to return to her family home at Roanoke. As a result, she reflects on the first and last time she came to Roanoke, one eventful summer, twenty years ago. The Roanoke Girls is a trashy novel. And when I say that, please bear… Continue reading ‘The Roanoke Girls’ by Amy Engel

‘The Town in Bloom’ by Dodie Smith

The Town in Bloom opens with a chase scene: when Molly, Lilian, and the ironically named Mouse spot their old but estranged friend Zelle, Mouse is determined to track her down. She races round London in her pursuit, eventually finding her in a ‘rather shabby’ tenement flat. The encounter prompts Mouse to reflect on the… Continue reading ‘The Town in Bloom’ by Dodie Smith

‘Girl Meets Boy’ by Ali Smith

‘Let me tell you about when I was a girl, my grandfather says’. Girls meets Boy had me hooked from the first line. An imaginative re-version of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, it follows two sisters as they grapple with life, love, and finding a place to exist in the modern world. This book is joyful, funny, poetic,… Continue reading ‘Girl Meets Boy’ by Ali Smith

‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte

Mr Lockwood has rented a house on the Yorkshire moors. When he pays a visit to his landlord – a Mr Heathcliff – he is bemused by the man’s unusual household, comprised of his beautiful but beleaguered daughter-in-law, her rough and seemingly illiterate cousin, and an elderly and religiously fanatical servant. When Lockwood is forced… Continue reading ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte

‘My Name is Leon’ by Kit de Waal

Leon loves his baby brother Jake. When their mum gets ill, and can’t get out of bed for days on end, it is Leon who takes care of Jake, who feeds him, cleans him, and cuddles him when he cries. No-one is as good at looking after Jake as Leon is. But when their mum… Continue reading ‘My Name is Leon’ by Kit de Waal

‘A Pale View of Hills’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

Etsuko’s daughter, Keiko, has committed suicide. As she attempts to come to terms with this tragic event, Etsuko finds herself increasingly drawn into the past, to her old life in Japan, and in particular to one hot Nagasaki summer when she was newly married to her first husband, and befriended a strange woman named Sachiko…… Continue reading ‘A Pale View of Hills’ by Kazuo Ishiguro